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$100,000 Goes To Metro's Best Teachers

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some of Nashville's best teachers have been rewarded with cash bonuses as an incentive to attract them to some Davidson County Schools.

Seventeen of the highest level teachers from the Metro Nashville Public School System were given nearly $100,000 to share among themselves.

"Like I tell the children…I give 110 percent," Dwanna Ogan said. "So I expect (students) to give the same."

Ms. Ogan was one of 11-level five teachers at Gra-Mar Middle School, the highest ranking a teacher could earn.

"I had advanced and proficient students in math and science," Ogan said about her student's test scores last year.

The once hidden gems have now been recognized by the state

"It was kind of exciting," said Theresa Wagner, a physical education teacher. "I mean as a teacher anytime they want to give us extra money it's wonderful."

The high level teachers will receive a $5,000 bonus for staying at Gra-Mar- or the four other Metro schools designated as some of the lowest performing in the state.

"I came from Margaret Allen and I was their literacy coach for two years," said Erica Battle, an English teacher.

Level five teachers who transferred to these priority schools received $7,000.

"A level five teacher is a teacher who is willing to step out of their box and get into a student's box to help them learn," Battle said.

The teachers said it required long hours, and looking for new ways to improve.

"My brain is just always on the children," Ogan said. "I might be at church sometimes I take out a piece of paper and write something down that I just thought about.

Although they have made teaching look easy, it is anything but.

"We just always push to go a step further," Principal Dr. Antoinette Williams explained.

While the money was nice, teachers said it's just another day at the office.

"We come in everyday and do our job," Wagner said."(We) work just as hard without the bonus as we do with the bonus."

Teachers from Buena Vista Elementary, Bailey STEM and Brick Church Middle Schools were also awarded bonuses.

Educators said giving struggling students access to the best teachers would improve their achievement at a much faster pace.

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