Chattanooga Teacher Named Tennessee Titans Teacher Of The Week

Friday, October 11, 2013

Battle Academy P.E. Teacher Chris Darras has been named the Tennessee Titans Teacher of the Week. He is the first teacher from the Tennessee Valley to be recognized this season. This is a statewide contest. Battle is at Main and Market in Downtown Chattanooga.
 

Mr. Darras will receive $400 in school supplies from American Paper & Twine. He is now also entered for the Tennessee Titans Teacher of the Year contest. That teacher will win $800 in school supplies and tickets/accommodations to the Titans/Houston Texas game. 

“This Teacher of the Week was nominated by fellow teacher Elizabeth Brackin,” said Lonnie Spivak, American Paper & Twine eCommerce and Marketing manager. “Because of Mr. Darras’s commitment to his school and the community, we are excited to have the opportunity to recognize his dedication to the people of Chattanooga.”

Mr. Darras is organizing Saturday's all county elementary school cross country meet. Hundreds of third-fifth graders will compete at the Chickamauga Dam this Saturday, at 9:00 a.m.  

Mr. Darras' youngest son, Alex Darras, a freshman football player at Notre Dame, was named the top middle school kicker in the country last year by prokicker.com after attending its punting camp. 18 current NFL kickers have graduated from that camp started by famed punter Ray Guy from the Oakland Raiders.

Mr. Darras was nominated by Battle Academy music teacher Beth Brackin for the following reasons:

He has taught at Battle for seven years and taught at other HCDE schools before that. "He is all around good guy, salt of the earth.  If something needs doing, he does it," said Patty Streip - Battle Academy Family Partnership Specialist. He volunteers to direct traffic at the school in the morning and in the afternoon. He volunteers to head up the school's recycling initiative. 

"The kids love him and all look up to him.  He's 6-foot-6!  He's also such a joker," Ms. Streip said.




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