Unusual Times, Exceptional Teachers

Friday, May 7, 2021

Words alone never show how truly grateful our organization and millions of parents across the state are for everything you do and everything you are as a public-school educator. This school year was difficult for all of us in the state. We can all identify with the challenges. We recognize your herculean effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Educators have made so many changes on the fly this year. Classrooms were no longer confined to bricks and mortar. Many teachers never expected to be teaching online, let alone online and in-person at the same time. Schools became the epicenter to feed and continue to feed children in communities across the state. We watched mask debates take place, and wondered what people really looked like under that mask. If you accidentally coughed, you were quick to point out you were not sick. Social distancing became a new word and goal, as did many other medical terms. Now that we have a vaccine, many have restored hope for a return to normalcy.  

We have heard from so many teachers that they are physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted leading to burnout. Psychology Today describes burnout as "a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. Except this time, it was caused by events created by a pandemic way beyond our control. Educators need time to rest and re-energize.  

Educators have done whatever was asked of them, no matter the physical or mental cost to themselves. The welfare of students was placed above all other considerations. Teaching has never been an eight-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week job. There are many duties that educators tackle that do not require pedagogical skills or experience in the classroom, but are necessary for the profession. “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome,” is a motto I learned in the Marine Corps. Educators learned to put those habits into action this year.  

The world is filled with stories of success that started with just one person believing in another. You may not see immediate success, but by perseverance, you will ultimately see personal success, and the children in our public-school classrooms will be the ultimate winners. The lessons we learned this year will be put in our toolbox and used to shape the future and meet future challenges. We will never forget the lessons of this year, and neither will our students.

During this unusual time, we salute our exceptional educators across the state. Professional Educators of Tennessee remains committed to advocating on your behalf and delivering the necessary support you need to create better opportunities for almost a million public school students’ success in the classroom.  Our collaborative philosophy and non-partisan nature allow our organization to speak for classroom teachers, administrators, and para-professionals across Tennessee, which is something we will never take for granted.

JC Bowman
Executive Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee



Take Care Of Our Elderly

CPD Lawsuit, Mr. James And 2 Juveniles

Juneteenth 2021: Freedom’s Dawn


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As unpopular as I know this opinion will be, here it is for what it's worth. For anyone interested in the minutiae of law enforcement the preferred response in policy of both CPD and the Sheriff's ... (click for more)

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Opinion

Take Care Of Our Elderly

The news of the cruelty to the elderly in the news, a few days ago, was disgusting. As a former employee of a well known home for the elderly in Chattanooga, I cannot imagine how this all came about. There was no air conditioning anywhere except the office, how convenient. All of the employees walked out, except one. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior goes on, more than ... (click for more)

CPD Lawsuit, Mr. James And 2 Juveniles

As unpopular as I know this opinion will be, here it is for what it's worth. For anyone interested in the minutiae of law enforcement the preferred response in policy of both CPD and the Sheriff's Office is to call the parents of juveniles unless the infraction is severe, like felony severe. Put yourself in the officer's shoes and decide, based on what you have been told by radio, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

1 Dies After 2-Vehicle Crash Early Thursday Morning At Hixson Pike And Thrasher Pike

One person died in a crash involving two vehicles on Hixson Pike early Thursday morning. At approximately 6:30 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Hixson Pike and Thrasher Pike intersection for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, deputies and emergency services personnel located a crash involving two vehicles. There has been ... (click for more)

Historic Zoning Panel Allows 1 New Hillside Home In St. Elmo, Rejects One Beside It

The Chattanooga Historic Zoning Commission, after hours of discussion on Thursday, approved one new home on a steep hillside in St. Elmo, but rejected a similar one that was to have gone in beside it. Watchtower Investments initially wanted three identical large new homes clustered together between Tennessee Avenue and Seneca Avenue near Forest Hill Cemetery. The Community ... (click for more)

Sports

Vol Fans Invited To College World Series Watch Party Sunday At Lindsey Nelson Stadium

Tennessee Athletics is celebrating the baseball team's College World Series berth by hosting a "Big Orange Watch Party" Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium during the Volunteers' opening game against Virginia. Admission is free for all fans. The stadium's front gate opens at 1 p.m. ET, and first pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET. Free parking is available in the G16 garage and all other ... (click for more)

Vols’ Johnson Claims Choo Choo Title

As he walked off the final hole at Council Fire Golf Club Wednesday afternoon, unaware that he had an insurmountable lead to win the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational, Tyler Johnson was suddenly caught off guard by an impromptu recognition of his victory. Tournament director Chris Schmidt asked a member of his staff to blast a loud rendition of “Rocky Top” from nearby speakers, ... (click for more)