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Meet Tracy Hatcher, Chesterfield District Teacher of the Year

Today’s #teacherhero is Tracy Hatcher, a 5th Grade Social Studies teacher at Cheraw Intermediate School in Chesterfield County.  Here’s a bit of her story in her own words:

“Growing up I had a countless list of teachers, coaches, and mentors that had a profound impact on my life. Yet, it was one inspirational moment with a elementary school principal that set me on my path to teaching. She saw potential in me that I had never seen in myself. “Would you like to substitute?” is all she said. Just five little words, in a moment in time, changed my future forever. I didn’t choose teaching, it chose me.

As an educator, you have the ability to build relationships with your students that they will take with them throughout their lives. One positive moment with a child can set a force in motion that leaves a legacy for a lifetime, and that’s a powerful thing to possess. It is a profession that is widely influential, yet humbling at the same time.

As educators, we are facing an enormous amount of pressure to show our effectiveness through student performance on standardized tests. The mounting emphasis of standardize testing puts a strain on teachers because we are required to meet high demands with less funding and more mandates. I feel we work hard and pride ourselves in planning lessons that foster our students’ development. We facilitate classrooms that encourage our students to find their creative genius and passion.

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I love interacting and learning from others. Teaching allows me to be a lifelong learner. My students have always contributed a surprising mix of personalities that intrigue me every year. Even after 24 years of teaching, I’m still fascinated by their interests and how they see the world.”

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