Making the Grade: Teaching can be a rewarding experience

Teaching can be a rewarding experience, even more so when others recognize the hard work and sacrifice that goes with the job. One teacher who's recognized as one the best in Tennessee is Making the Grade. Donna Reed teaches at Houston High School. Reed was recently named Tennessee teacher of the year by the Health Occupations Students of America. Reed said, "I think I'm as excited for the children as I am for myself because they're very supportive and this brings recognition to them and to this school also." Reed has been a HOSA advisor for 19 years. HOSA promotes career opportunities for students interested in the healthcare industry and gives them an opportunity to match wits with other students in healthcare related competitions. Reed has taught junior Cory Rodgers for three years. He says she's the best teacher he's ever had. Rodgers said, "The way she teaches makes school fun. She puts such enthusiasm in how she teaches and what she teaches." Rodgers has blossomed under Reed's guidance. He'll serve as president of Houston High School's HOSA branch during his senior year, as well as for the entire state of Tennessee. For Reed, that's an even grater reward. "Watching my students receive recognition for their work." Incidentally, under Reed's guidance, Houston High School's HOSA Bowl team won first place in the region and state competitions.. and hope to bring home the national title this summer. The National HOSA conference will be held June 22 through the 26th in Nashville.