Angel Hardaway, fourth grade math and science teacher, is the North City School Teacher of the Year.
Hardaway is in her seventh year of teaching and has worked her entire tenure at North City School. She has taught fourth grade for six of those years, but taught third grade math and science for the 2011-2012 school year.
This year, not only was Hardaway selected as Teacher of the Year by her colleagues, but she was also awarded a Teacher Classroom Grant by the McMinn County Education Foundation.
"Ms. Hardaway is well-respected and highly valued by her peers. She is the consummate team player," said Holly Owens, principal of North City School. "She is the first to make a call to a parent about a child’s need or to praise a student. She builds in both accountability and responsibility tempered with a genuine affection for her students. Ms. Hardaway also actively aspires to leadership. North City School is, without a doubt, a better place with Mrs. Hardaway serving as a leader and team member."
In her own words, Hardaway shares about her calling to be a teacher and the goals she wants to see her students achieve.
Why did you choose teaching as your profession?
I come from a family of preachers and teachers. Preaching isn’t quite my calling, but I love having the opportunity to make a difference in my students’ lives. In this profession, I see the need for young children to have positive role models. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to have an impact on each of them - whether great or small.
Is there someone who serves as a role model for you as a teacher?
I have quite a few role models. I come from a family of educators, so they are obvious role models. From my late aunt, my uncle and my father, I have learned so many aspects of being a successful educator.
I have also had several teachers throughout my schooling who made me realize even more that teaching was what I wanted to do.
While in this profession, I have encountered many co-workers who have shown me on a daily basis what it really means to have a love for children.
I have taken something from all of them to make me the educator I am today.
What do you like best about working at North City School?
I appreciate the close family environment that is felt on a daily basis at North City. From school administration to support staff, we work together to create a pleasant atmosphere at North City. We are very supportive of one another, and I believe we truly love and encourage each other as well as our students. Because of this, I look forward to coming to work every day.
What is your goal for your students?
My ultimate goal for my students is for them to be the best they can be in all areas of life, whether it be academically, socially or behaviorally. Hopefully, they will be able to take life lessons they learn now and apply them to their lives later.
What do you believe to be the most important thing you teach your students?
I honestly believe the most important thing I teach my students is to believe in themselves. I want them to be the best they can be and to persevere because no matter the outcome, at least they can say that they gave it their all.
What do you hope is in the future of the Athens City Schools?
My hope for Athens City Schools is to continue to provide quality education for all students and to also continue to produce students who are responsible, productive citizens. Ultimately, my hope is that Athens City Schools will be one of the top systems in Tennessee, and I truly believe we are capable of doing just that.