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Why I Choose Rutherford County Schools

 
 
"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
First  Grade Teacher at Barfield Elementary

Caroline Houchens
Second Grade at Barfield 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. Barfield has its teachers' backs. 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
English Language Arts at Rockvale Middle
"At Rockvale Middle 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."


" The best part about teaching is when students are putting their best foot forward and you see the concept start to connect for them."
Lesley North
Math at Rockvale Middle
 
Pam Curray
Science at Oakland Middle
 
"Building relationships and being intentional about it
makes students feel like they are a part of my family."

 
 
" I know lots of kids who have a growth mindset and believe in themselves when they formally did not." Scott Kinney
Scott Kinney
Band at Oakland Middle
 
Tibitha Neal
Tibitha Neal
ELA at Oakland Middle
 
"If I left teaching, I would miss making a difference, being able to make a change with teachers and students."

 
"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."
Eldridge Sprolden
Eldridge Sprolden
Science at Holloway High
 
Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
English at Holloway High
 
"I hope we never change the way we make the students
feel safe, a sense of home, and belonging."