Golden Apple Award: Lauren Grimes, Dalewood Middle School

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Sixth grade Math the can be challenging. The problems get more complex.You need a good teacher to properly explain the process. Dalewood Middle School’s Lauren Grimes blends high energy with great expectations to get the most out of her kids.

Rashaad Williams is the Principal at Dalewood Middle.

He says, “Miss Grimes is a phenomenal teacher. She builds great relationships with all of her students. She ensures that she provides a great level of instruction to all of our students. She seeks to provide all interventions and remediation as needed to make sure they perform at their grade level. She is committed to our school overall.”

When asked to describe heself, Lauren says, ” I am a teacher. And I love the Lord. And that is why I am here at Dalewood Middle School because I believe that he placed me here. And I am passionate about students and students receiving an equitable education.”

Dana Nicole is a 6th Grader at Dalewood.

Dana says, “She is normally really nice, and she helps me understand like Math more.”

Genova Springs is also a 6th Grader.

Genova adds, “She is nice, and she helps me with the work that I need to do.”

Sixth grader Amaiya Holland chips in, “She understands when I am kind of confused more than other teachers.”

Lauren explains, “I think that I always wanted to be a teacher when I was a kid. And the Lord really directed my heart after college when I really saw the injustice and inequity being demonstrated across our education system, and that’s what really drew me into wanting to be a teacher. I wanted to do anything and everything that I could. And I felt like education is where I could do the most to fight it. I didn’t want to be fighting a battle that I wasn’t involved in myself. And there are lots of ways to do it outside of education, but I didn’t wanna do it until I felt like I had bought the battle myself. I’m really thankful to be here at Dalewood because I feel like we are just a community of educators that are really dedicated to the fight; and really dedicated to educational equity. And that takes a lot, a lot of effort; a lot of sweat, a lot of tears. And  it’s really, it’s really nice to receive this, yeah.”



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