Teachers of TN: Sydni Massengale

Even as cliché as it may sound, my motivation to get out of bed in the morning when I may not feel like it is my students. It is not because of the impact that I may have on their lives that day, but instead it is the impact they have on me. Their laughter at the little things, the joy they find in learning something new, and the confidence they have after passing a test on a skill they worked so hard on all week is why I go into work on these days. I chose to become a teacher to help students become their best selves, but I had no idea that they would also be teaching me a thing or two about life along the way.”

Sydni Massengale, first grade teacher, Rutherford County Schools