Teachers of TN: Ellie Talley

“The thing I love most about my job is the relationships I’m able to build with my students and their families. I believe that knowing my students’ stories and what makes them special helps me meet their educational needs in the classroom. I embrace the idea that an educator does a lot more than just teach, and a big part of that expanded role is helping my students develop character traits, skills and qualities that will help them for the rest of their lives. Knowing that I am making a holistic difference in the lives of my students is one of the most fulfilling parts of being a teacher.”

—Ellie Talley, middle school social studies teacher, Germantown Municipal School District