Master of Arts in Teaching alumna, Lauren Binkley (’10), has been honored as Teacher of the Year at Glencliff Elementary School, located in south Nashville. Binkley has been teaching for five years at the elementary school level. At Glencliff Elementary many of her students are not native English speakers and are enrolled as English Language Learners (ELL).
Of being honored by her school Binkley writes, “It is important to me to work hard enough to provide students, that may not have the same opportunities as others, all the resources and opportunities and learning experiences that I can possibly provide. I love being a small part of closing the achievement gap for students that society often says can’t learn in the same way or at the same rate as others. Teaching brings me so much joy – I can’t really imagine doing anything else now.” (image – lauren_binkley.jpg)