Teachers of TN: Colletta Daniels

I love the incredible progress that I get to witness first hand as a special educator. Teaching gives me the opportunity to guide my students to learning and then see the return on my investment in their holistic growth and development.  On the hardest days, I remind myself that the growth I want to see in my students comes with pangs, pressure and tears. On those days, I tell myself to embrace and enjoy the process every step of the way. So I stop everything, turn up the music and throw a little dance party in my class to celebrate the small wins.

—Colletta Daniels, elementary special education teacher, Shelby County Schools