Outstanding Professionals Across the State

 Tammie Chapman Updated

Name: Mrs. Tammie D. Chapman
Hometown: Cordova, TN
School: Berclair Elementary
Grades Taught: K-5
Average # of Students per Class: 22-27

What do you love most about teaching? What I love most about teaching is having the opportunity to make a positive impact on a student’s life. Each day I strive to reach as many students as I possible in a positive manner. I teach my students to love and respect each other, set higher goals and be determined to achieve their goals. It is a very rewarding experience to see a student years later and receive thanks for being more than just another teacher. I am excited to hear them tell me they knew I cared about their well-being.

What would someone see if they were to walk into your classroom? They would see all students fully engaged in the designated daily activities. I pride myself on helping students play with a purpose, while also gaining a life skill.

What are you most proud of regarding your Physical Education program? One of the things I am most proud of is that we now have a gym. We now have the space which allows us the opportunity to offer more activities that will challenge students to obtain higher level learning skills while playing with a purpose.

What advice would you give a new Physical Education teacher? I would share these words, “Be fair, be firm, and be consistent!” Students will continue to learn if we continue to teach. This is my goal as a teacher and my reward as an educator.

 

 Shyla Tucker Updated

 

Name: Shyla Tucker
Hometown: Fredericktown, Missouri (Teaches in Germantown, TN)
School: Germantown High School
Grades Taught: 9-12
Average # of Students per Class: 35

What do you love most about teaching? The relationships that I build with my students.  It is a wonderful experience to watch them progress as students and young adults, and to do what I can to be a positive and supportive part of that journey.

 What would someone see if they were to walk into your classroom? I would hope they would immediately identify the inviting and positive environment.  I believe students learn and adapt quicker when they are enjoying themselves, and I try to provide that each day, whether in a gym or classroom setting.

 What are you most proud of regarding your Physical Education program? I am most proud of the diversity of activities that are introduced in my PE program.  I try to provide students with games and activities they are new and games that encourage participation by all.   I have to research, and sometimes modify the games, but I think it changes the idea of Physical Education, from Sabakiball to Flickerball, to Washers, I try to think outside of the box when incorporating game and activity into my classes.

 What advice would you give a new Physical Education teacher? I would advise them to be an advocate for their profession, an innovator in their field, and proud of their contribution to their school.  As a Physical Educator you must be able to monitor and adjust to various situations, so have an open mind and think outside of the box when it comes to educating and engaging your students.