COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A long-time teacher with Tipton County Schools is receiving recognition for her work.
Pearl Andrews, who teaches English to troubled teens in the system's court school in Covington, is has been selected by Parenting Magazine to represent Tennessee at the inaugural Mom Congress on Education and Learning at Georgetown University.
Parenting started the initiative to celebrate and connect moms fighting for better schools across the country.
"One of the major flaws I think has hindered our system is a lack of or deficiency in reading," she said. "Our students can't read."
Andrews' colleagues beamed with pride at the announcement.
"We're just honored that Ms. Pearl received the Mom for Congress," said Teen Learning Center principal Adrian Nathanielshe. "She brings that mothering touch to it."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is set to speak to the Congress about the crucial role parents play in improving school systems.
But For Andrews, it's not about pointing fingers, but about reaching out to children in need.
"I had a student tell me once, 'Ms. Pearl, how can you love us when you don't know us?' I said, 'You don't have to return the favor.' I said, 'I just do, period,'"
The first annual Parenting Magazine Mom Congress on Education is set for May 2nd through the 4th.
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