Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to all of our Teachers of the Month!

Special Thanks to Ryan Hicks of State Farm!

Ryan Hicks, Agent

1101 Greens Rd

Chattanooga, TN 37421

business: 423-521-7243 | fax: 423-435-0514

[email protected]



 Sylvia Barrett
May Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Barrett

Mrs. Sylvia Barrett 
is an Exceptional Education teacher who supports students with Multiple Exceptionalities.  Her dedication to the well-being and education of students is truly exceptional.  Mrs. Barrett’s gentle, kind, and compassionate approach fosters a supportive environment where every student can thrive.  Her unwavering commitment to excellence and student growth sets an inspiring example for us all.  
American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once stated 
“Kind hearts are the gardens, 
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers, 
Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden,
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words, and Kind deeds.” 
Today, we celebrate Mrs. Sylvia Barrett as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for May for she is the epitome of kindness.

 Taylor McIntyre
  April Teacher of the Month is Mrs. McIntyre

Ms. Taylor McIntyre 
is a 4th grade Math & Science teacher who celebrates who children are as well as their experiences.  Daily, she seeks to support, inspire, and empower students to live lives filled with passion, purpose, and joy.  Making a difference one child at a time brings joy to your heart and creates a twinkle in her eye. 
This quote exemplifies Ms. McIntyre:  “Entrena tu menta para ver lo bueno un cada situación.”  Translated, this quote states:  “Train your mind to see the good in every situation”.  Seeing the faces of her students, Ms. McIntyre reminds her students that no matter what is said or done that the glass is always half full and every situation is full of untapped potential and opportunities.  Today, we celebrate  Ms. Taylor McIntyre as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for April.

 Caysie Evans
March Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Evans

Mrs. Caysie Evans  is a teacher who looks into the eyes of our 1st graders and with her soft voice quiets their fears and reassures them that everything is going to be alright.  They easily listen and follow the lilt of her voice as if mesmerized.
This demeanor does not go unnoticed by parents either.  They adore her and want their children in her classroom.  Equally, her colleagues adore her and she creates an environment where not only students but all are welcome.  
In the words of Carl Buechner, “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you make them feel”.  Mrs. Evans makes students want to come to school because they feel wanted, loved, and…smart.  Today, we celebrate Mrs. Caysie Evans as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for March. 

 Jennifer Purcell
February Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Purcell
Mrs. Jennifer Purcell  is a Librarian that creates an environment where everyone is welcome.  Coming to the library is a place where you get lost in the words of books and the hum of conversations.  The library is welcoming and inviting.
This recognition is a testament to your outstanding dedication, passion, and commitment to education.  Moreover, her dependability in supporting others and being flexible with schedule changes have been invaluable to our school community. 
Daily, Mrs. Purcell exemplifies willingness to lend a helping hand and adapt to the needs of both students and staff alike, demonstrating her exceptional professionalism and dedication to our school's mission.  Creating opportunities for all students even if they just need a break from the demands of ‘schooling’ so that a positive learning environment remains.
Her role as our valuable Librarian has significantly contributed to student success in a variety of ways. There is true dedication to fostering a love of reading and learning among our students which has left a lasting impact on their academic journey.  Quoted from Dr. Suess, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  As a proponent of reading, Mrs. Purcell wants the love of reading to open up a new world of exciting places and information for all students.  Today, we celebrate Mrs. Jennifer Purcell as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for February.

 Megan Goss
January Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Goss

Mrs. Megan Goss is a kind, caring, and compassionate teacher whose nurturing does not go unnoticed.  Her ability to create a positive and engaging learning environment has left a lasting impact on her students and colleagues.  Mrs. Goss is admired for her collaborative spirit and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a supportive and enriching educational experience for every child in her first-grade classroom.  An unknown author depicts who Mrs. Goss is in the quote:  “A kind and gentle spirit is the most underestimated force on the planet.”  Thank you, Mrs. Goss, for your quiet demeanor and strength of character.  Today, we celebrate Mrs. Megan Goss as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for January.

 Cassidy Newby
December Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Newby

Mrs. Cassidy Newby possesses an effervescent personality.  Her warming smile and loving eyes draw children to the ‘Wonderful World of Disney’ that lives in her classroom.  Daily, she makes learning come alive for her students.  Her ability to inspire, motivate, and educate goes beyond the classroom, leaving a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to work with her.  No matter how challenging a student or situation, Mrs. Newby believes that everything will always be fine because she lives in a world of extra chances and opportunities to realize change and improvement.  We appreciate her tireless efforts at Apison Elementary School to foster a love of learning, to instill values that extend beyond the academic realm, and to make dreams come true.  In the words of Walt Disney:  “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Today, we celebrate Mrs. Cassidy Newby as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for December!

 Michael Weller
November Teacher of the Month is Mr. Weller 

Mr. Michael Weller has developed a presence at Apison Elementary School.  While teaching Physical Education and Health, he has connected with students physically, academically, and emotionally while developing lasting relationships with them that have spanned the space of time.  He is always willing to step in where needed even to the point of mentoring students with challenging behaviors.  Coach Weller’s innovative teaching methods, commitment to student success, and passion for creating a positive learning environment have not gone unnoticed.  His peers and students alike acknowledge the impact he’s made, and it is with great pleasure that we extend this recognition to you.  As a Florida Gators super-fan, Billy Napier once said “We can’t waste a minute blaming or complaining or sulking, thinking about the past.  We have to learn.  We have to change.  We have to adapt.  We have to grow.”  Thank you, Coach Weller, for helping students learn, change, adapt, and grow at Apison.  Today, we celebrate Mr. Michael Weller as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for November.

 Mary Markel
October Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Markel 

Mrs. Mary Markel brings a quiet demeanor to the seeming 5th grade chaos around her.  Her grasp of the Language arts curriculum as well as her way of enabling students to believe that they can accomplish anything is so refreshing.  When watching her teach, students hang on every word fearing that something will be missed.  Mrs. Markel has a way of caring for students that helps them to realize possibilities in learning, school, and life.  We’re grateful for Mrs. Markel’s presence here at Apison Elementary School.  Today, we celebrate Mrs. Mary Markel as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for October. 

 Madyson Sims
 September Teacher of the Month is Ms. Sims

Ms. Madyson Sims is a delight to have as a Kindergarten teacher.  She brings such joy and willingness to teach young minds.  Daily, her smile brightens each child and peer alike.  The students she teaches look forward to her daily presence and the learning yet to unfold.  Ms. Sims has such a quiet ease about her that is emulated by her students.  We’re grateful that she chose to be a part of the work we strive to do at Apison Elementary School.  Today, we celebrate Ms. Sims as the State Farm Teacher of the Month for September.

 April 2023

April Educator of the Month is Mrs. Donna Patton.
Mrs. Donna Patton is such a giving Social Worker.  She gives of her time, energy, expertise, and even her own finances.  When asked if she can support this effort, help with this task, or meet with this student, the answer is always "yes".  The answer is always "yes" because she wants to ensure that she is a vested stakeholder in the social-emotional, academic, and behavioral development and supports for as many students as possible.  Utilizing her connections and networking skills, she obtains needed services and supports for our students and families.  Another clear example of her heart for children, Mrs. Patton has become a foster parent.  For the past three years, she has shared her love for children, desire to ensure their success, and even her home.  Daily, she responds to requests from teachers, administration, and families to ensure that needs are met, connections are made, and children and families are supported.  We're grateful that Mrs. Patton chose Apison and the feeling is mutual!  Today, we celebrate Mrs. Donna Patton as the April Educator of the Month. 

 March 2023
March Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Jennifer Thompson
Mrs. Jennifer Thompson is a wonderful teacher.  Students are helped when needed to reach their academic potential.  They experience understanding, individualized supports, and know that throughout the day, they are truly cared about.  She touches the hearts of many students, and they know that she provides the education, teaching, and learning they deserve.  Her students look forward to her presence daily and they also look forward to engaging in new learning.  Mrs. Thompson has a great personality and is a loyal teammate.  We're grateful for her to be a part of the work we strive to do at Apison.  Today, we celebrate Mrs. Jennifer Thompson as the March Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Painter - December 2022

December Teacher of the Month 

Our Teacher of the Month for December is Mrs. Taryn Painter.  Currently, a 3rd Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher, she has embraced teaching and learning of students to look for innovative and engaging ways to bring learning to life.  
As a Harry Potter super-fan, she has decorated her classroom and created groups to replicate the different houses.  This by far engages students to compete in interactive ways.  In addition, she incorporates technology in a variety of ways to also meet the needs of students as well as to offer different presentation formats.  As an Innovative Educator Fellow,  Mrs. Painter collaborates with other peers to find ways to extend student learning through technology.  This month, we celebrate Mrs. Taryn Painter.  In the words of Albus Dumbledore, "It is our choices, [Harry], that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities".  Thank you, Mrs. Painter, for choosing Apison to be your Hogwarts in which to serve.

November Teacher of the Month

November Teacher of the Month
State Farm November Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Vandana Taneja who serves as our ESOL Teacher for students who are learning English as a second language.  Mrs. Taneja is very committed to the work and wants all students to thrive and succeed.  Whenever there's an opportunity to volunteer, Mrs. Taneja steps right in to lend a hand.  This willingness to serve also extends beyond the children who receive her services.  Daily she is seen encouraging and motivating students to be STARS:  Safe-Trustworthy-Respectful-Successful.  We're grateful for the continued service Mrs. Taneja provides to our students and school.

 October - Jason Bevil
October Teacher of the Month
Mr. Jason Bevil serves as our 3rd grade Instructional Leader, Tech Coordinator, as well as our after-school enrichment coordinator. He never ceases to amaze us with his dedication for seeking out STEAM opportunities for our students. Mr. Bevil takes the initiative to also connect with parents and businesses to support these enriching experiences financially and as coaches and mentors. Most recently, the Green Prix team he coached won first place at the Chattanooga Green Prix competition on October 28th sponsored by EPB, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and other sponsors!  As a PEF Innovative Educator Fellow, Mr. Bevil is taking his passion and developing it to extend beyond the school walls. This month we celebrate Mr. Jason Bevil for sharing his passion for teaching and learning before, during, and after the school day as well as being an exemplary teacher leader at Apison Elementary School. 

  September Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Sharon DeVaney
Sharon DeVaney
Mrs. DeVaney is an invaluable resource to all students, faculty and staff at Apison Elementary school.  Her willingness to support all things Apison is refreshing and appreciated.  Thank you, Mr. Ryan Hicks, State Farm owner/agent for recognizing Mrs. Sharon DeVaney as the September Apison Teacher of the Month with a certificate and a $100.00 Amazon gift card.  We love you, Mrs. DeVaney!

Ryan Hicks, Agent

1101 Greens Rd

Chattanooga, TN 37421

business: 423-521-7243 | fax: 423-435-0514

[email protected]



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