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Teacher Of The Year Nominee: Teresa Davis

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 third nominee is Teresa Davis, librarian at Paragon Mills Elementary.

When you think of the school librarian, you probably think of someone walking around the library cautioning students to keep quiet. As the Library Media Specialist, Davis uses her own words to explain why she thinks a quiet library is old school when teaching her English language learner students.

"There's not a lot of shushing in the library of Paragon Mills Elementary."

"The English language is made up of sounds. If they can recognize these sounds and blend them together, we're well on our way on learning how to read."

"I like to do the hands-on, if they see the picture sometimes they don't know what the pictures are of because they've never seen it before, so they make a connection when they see the picture. We say the word, and then when you show them the live animals, they may never have seen that animal before. They can take that word and hopefully put it in their brain and not forget it."

"I believe in engaging hands-on activities. I think it makes a more meaningful experience and they're going to remember more."

"A teacher will come to me and say, ‘I've got to teach this concept. Do you have any idea? What's some hands on activities we can use?'"

"I'll look and brainstorm and come up with ways to make the learning very engaging."

"I hope that they look back and say, ‘that was a fun place. I really learned a lot in that place. She was not a typical librarian. She really brought the animals in, got me interested in books. I didn't know books could be so much fun.'"
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