GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Amber Jeffers told her parents she wanted to be a teacher when she was in Kindergarten. After graduating from Daniel Boone and Tusculum College she started teaching at Ottway Elementary.
She’s been there ever since. This is her 6th year teaching at Ottway. Four of those years have been in first grade, another in Kindergarten and she helped in fifth and sixth grade.
She loves to watch her first graders progress during the school year. especially when it comes to reading. She says the key to her success as a teacher is making the students feel cared for from day one.
“We have 3 H’s – hugs, handshakes, and high five. I feel like that’s a good way to start our day. Some children they don’t get that. If they come to school and they feel like some cares about them and someone loves them. If you give them a hug, and handshake, or a high five they are more likely to want to be here and they know you care about them,” said Jeffers.
Congratulations to Amber Jeffers. This week’s Educator of the Week.