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Why I Choose Rutherford County Schools

Vannessa AsklandVannessa Askland
Spanish at Blackman High 
"The unity among students and faculty at Blackman High is the hallmark of our school and I sincerely hope we are able to continue fostering that culture in future school years."
"At Barfield, I feel that I have the freedom to grow and experiment with my teaching in ways that I choose.  Additionally, I feel comfortable to express concerns without the fear of judgement or ridicule.  I value these things and have not always had them, so I appreciate my place at Barfield."
Cora Taylor
Second  Grade Teacher at Barfield Elementary

Caroline Houchens
RTI Interventionist at
John Colemon Elementary
"I feel appreciated and valued. I receive positive and constructive feedback from my administrators, teammates, students, and parents on a regular basis. The feedback both affirms me and challenges me to continue to grow professionally. Administration truly protects instructional time. Expectations are clear, clearly communicated and fair. Teachers are respected and supported."

"Our teachers and administrators truly care about students' success at Barfield. You can tell by the way teachers and administrators interact with all students and seeing students' smiles. I never have to wonder what is expected and the bar is always set high. I know what is expected and make sure that my students do, as well."
Schlynda Robinson
Kindergarten at Barfield Elementary

Chase Dedmon
Spanish at Smyrna High 
"At Smyrna High, we are not micromanaged. We are helped. Not just by admin, but by other teachers in the building. It's a sense of togetherness where we all help SHS get better."

"The one thing at Smyrna High I would never want to change is the level of support we receive. That makes SHS different from any other school."
Kim Franklin
Math at Smyrna High

Chris Butner
RTI Coach at Riverdale High
"We have a common goal of educating the students to the best of our abilities.  We all work together for the best outcome of the students and the learning environment."

"Building relationships and being intentional about it makes students feel like they are a part of my family."
Pam Curray
Science at Oakland Middle
Scott Kinney
Scott Kinney
Band at Oakland Middle
" I know lots of kids who have a growth mindset and believe in themselves when they formally did not."
"If I left teaching, I would miss making a difference, being able to make a change with teachers and students."
Tibitha Neal
Tibitha Neal
RTI Coach at Oakland Middle
Eldridge Sprolden
Eldridge Sprolden
Science at Holloway High
"I feel real good when I see students move from a state of hopelessness and helplessness to
self confidence 
in their ability to learn anything."
"I hope we never change the way we make the students feel safe, a sense of home, and belonging."
Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
English at Holloway High