Lincoln County, Tenn. (WHNT) - Our Tools for Teachers award winner this week is Suzette Pike, a second grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary. She was officially nominated by Dr. Bill Edwards, but the idea actually came from his daughter Rhiannon Edwards, a student currently in Ms. Pike's class. According to Dr. Edwards, Rhiannon is really loving school, which hasn't always been the case, and he credits Highland Rim as a whole but especially Ms. Pike.
Like many of our featured teachers, Ms. Pike originally began on a different career path, but it was her experience of being a mother that made her leave an accounting job, forsaking higher pay for the deeper rewards that come from teaching.
"When it was time for my daughter to start to school," Pike told us. "I just said, 'I’m sorry. Accounting is not for me. I don’t love it. I don’t want to do it.'"
And that love, according to this veteran teacher of more than 20 years, is key to teaching success.
"You have to have that love because they know if you don’t love what you’re doing."
If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.