Teachers of TN: Starr Wallace

“My educational philosophy is: every student is capable and has the ability to learn. I have found that high expectations are essential in teaching because when the kids know that I believe in them—they will believe it too! I think that building relationships in the classroom makes all the difference in the world. When my students know that I love them, that I’m going to support them, and that I am invested in the work they are doing, they are much more willing to take risks with their learning. They will work through the point of frustration when things get hard, and they will persevere. Ultimately, the students will have ownership of their academic progress and will feel proud knowing that they worked hard to accomplish their learning goals.”

—Dr. Starr Wallace, first grade teacher, Franklin Special School District