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Teacher Of The Year Nominee: Suzanne Daniel

Every year, the Metro Nashville Public Schools goes through a grueling yet thorough process of finding the Teacher of the Year.

Each school nominates one teacher, and then the field is narrowed down to six -- two teachers each from the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

The second nominee is Suzanne Daniel, who teaches Language Arts and Social Studies at Neely's Bend Middle School in Madison.

Daniel shares her love of the written word with her sixth grade students. She has been teaching for eight years, and described in her own words how a time in her life where she felt out of place motivated her to become a teacher.

"Once I got to high school, girls go through these things and I was talking to the class about depression and sometimes you're unsure of yourself."

"I was growing up biracial. I was unsure of myself at moments, and I had a teacher in 9th grade who pulled me to the side and said, ‘You know, you're so smart, you could be anything. What do you have to be sad about?' She made a difference in my life, so I wanted to make a difference in somebody else's life."

"To make a good teacher you must first build a relationship."

"It's really essential in this school. This is a Title I school. We have 70 percent free and reduced lunch. And unless I understand what type of home some of these children come from, I can't help them."

"This is the only job that feels like a two-hour day for me. And it's just exciting because every day is new."

Daniels, who's certified as a specialist in administration, is also the girls track coach. But her heart is in the classroom.

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