JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Candice Gurley always wanted to be a teacher. She started her career at Stratton Elementary and moved to Lake Ridge when it opened in the late 1990’s.
Gurley is a multi-age classroom teacher for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students. She specializes in 1st grade reading in math. She influences 25 students a day in those subjects.
Gurley says this age group is so unique because everything is new, from learning to read to learning to tie their shoes.
She says they love to be in school and they love to learn. She credits her teacher, when she was this very same age, for sending her on a path towards education.
“Thinking back, I went to Mary Hughes in Piney. Mrs. Slate was my first-grade teacher and I will never ever forget her. Just the impact she had on my life and the fact that somebody may have a small amount of that to come see us is just great,” said Gurley.
Congratulations to Candice Gurley, this week’s Educator of the Week.