(WMC-TV) – Nearly 1,500 Memphis City Schools' teachers earned the highest scores on new teacher evaluations sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Since he started teaching four years ago, Woodale Middle School's Brian Wilson has been on a mission to educate students.
"The kids want to know that you are invested that you are not going to be here one year and then leave, they want to know that you are really invested in their future," said Wilson.
Meanwhile, across town at Airways Middle School, Wilson's wife, Daphne is on a teaching mission as well.
"We should be focused on making students better," she said.
Daphne teaches language arts. Her husband teaches social studies.
Recently, both were singled out along with about 1,500 MCS teachers, for getting top scores on the new TEM - 5 rating and evaluation...
The ratings are all part of the teaching effectiveness initiative sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates.
The rich and powerful couple gave MCS a $90 million grant to help improve student achievement over seven years.
"You know part of what we have to do is be meticulous and we have to be very detail oriented," said Daphne Wilson.
Brian Wilson credits his wife with getting him fired up about teaching. They say others in the district also gave them motivation.
"The reason I'm a level five, it is not because something I did on my own. The teacher around me groomed me my older teacher, my principal," said Brian.
The Wilson's have three young children and you can expect to see them pass their positive motivation on to them.
Memphis City Schools is just one of just three school districts in the nation to receive the prestigious $90 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its Teacher Effectiveness Initiative.
Now, in year four, the district has implemented processes for teacher evaluation, support, retention/recruitment and compensation that are yielding positive results and national recognition.