Outstanding Professionals Across the State

Laura Morefield

Name: Laura Morefield
Hometown: Lewisburg, TN
School: Martin Methodist College
Grades Taught: Undergraduate Level
Average # of Students per Class: 20


  1. What do you love most about teaching? I love interacting with students, helping guide them through their academic career, and being a part of shaping them into young professionals.  There is nothing quite like it when students have that “ah ha” moment and finally understand a complex concept or master a skill. Watching my students walk across the stage at commencement is one the most wonderful experiences each year.
  2. What would someone see if they were to walk into your classroom?  If you were to walk in my classroom, you would see several different things:  discussion and group work, lectures and questions, hands on skills for measuring body composition, performing fitness tests, even the occasional pop quiz.  There is always plenty of friendly rivalry, challenging each other in the classroom.  I always strive to find balance in encouraging growth and knowledge yet maintaining a fun and positive learning environment.
  3. What are you most proud of regarding your Physical Education program? I am most proud of the students’ success.  Martin Methodist College serves many first generation students.  I am so proud of my students for taking initiate and becoming young professionals in the field of Physical Education.  These students are the future of our field and I am very excited to see where they take it.
  4. What advice would you give a new Physical Education teacher? I would tell a new Physical Education teacher to ask lots of questions.  Do not be afraid to seek advice and help from other teachers. It is okay to try new methods to see what works and what does not.  Always remember, what works one semester may not work the next.  Strive to keep curriculum fresh and to incorporate new and exciting methods in your classroom.  Seek professional development; attend workshops and conferences and get involved with TAHPERD.
Molly Ridgery 3

Name: Molly Bargery
Hometown: Ridgely, TN
School: Harold B. Williams Elementary
Grades Taught: K-4
Average # of Students per Class: 28

  1. What do you love most about teaching? It is a privilege to be able to empower students to lead healthy lifestyles while learning lifelong skills.  To accomplish this, I first and foremost want the students to have FUN and know that they do not have to love every activity, but at least give it a try.  It is an honor have a career that aligns with my true passion.
  2. What would someone see if they walked into your classroom? ORGANIZED CHOAS! Students are motivated, engaged and intrigued about new and exciting lessons.  In my classroom you will see stationed activities where at each station the student will work on a different skill.  Sometimes you will see the students in action playing a high impact game after they have learned all the basic skills.
  3. What are you most proud of regarding your physical education program? I had the privilege of being able to build this program from the ground up.  With the help of my co-teacher at the time, we formed a physical education program around sport and movement.  With the path we chose to take, I am proud to say that our students here at HB Williams exceed my every expectation.
  4. What advice would you give a new Physical Education Teacher?

Never stop learning.  Always keep up with what’s new in the world of Physical Education.  With childhood obesity on the rise, physical education teachers who help their students find enjoyment in physical exercise can literally impact their students’ lives. Teach exercise and fitness as a life-long skill, not just as a “sport thing”.  It helps for students to see that not everyone is good at everything, but everyone is good at something!