Kristen Robertson, a teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High, was selected to be in the finals for the Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Ms. Robertson is a finalist from the Southeast region and one of nine finalists.
She teaches ninth-grade English at Signal Mountain Middle High School, where she has been since 2013. Ms. Robertson previously taught at Soddy Daisy High.
Ms. Robertson serves as a personal project instructor to 25 students, working with them to complete their culminating personal project for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program.
She builds positive relationships with her students by attending sporting events and interacting with students in the community. Her classroom climate of high expectations encourages students to take academic risks and embrace challenges, said officials.
“Teachers who form relationships see the most authentic growth and learning because their students know that their teacher believes in them and wants to invest in their lives,” said Ms. Robertson. “I use the information I gain from forming relationships to invent fun activities that hook a student’s interest.”