Our Boys

The department works to honor Tennessee teachers every day, but we are especially excited to celebrate educators during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9.

Lori Paisley serves as the director of special projects in the Office of School Safety, but she is also the proud parent of two graduating seniors in Putnam County. Here she reflects on an educator that made a lasting impression on her family.

By Lori Paisley

Lori with her twin boys at a recent senior night.

As my twin boys’ high school graduation approaches, I have been thinking about their time in school over the past 13 years.  We have been so fortunate to have so many excellent teachers, but there is one who stands out.

Anna Faye Burgess was my boys’ fourth-grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Mrs. Burgess will always be my boys’ favorite teacher. Mrs. Burgess will always be my favorite teacher. From the moment the twins walked through her doors in fourth grade, she has referred to them as her boys.  All parents want their children’s teachers to love them as their own. We will be forever grateful to Mrs. Burgess. She made learning fun and she celebrated life every day. The lessons she taught and the love that she gave will forever be in our hearts.

So, when our boys cross that stage in a couple of weeks, I will be thinking about all of the great teachers we have had along the way, especially Mrs. Burgess.