Golden Apple Award: Orchard Knob Middle’s Sarah Roberson

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Sarah Roberson is a tutor, a coach and grade A Science teacher at Orchard Knob Middle School. After six years on the job, the Boston native also looks quite comfortable in Tennessee Orange.

Sarah says, “When I think of who I am and what I do, I consider myself a teacher.”


Jennifer Brownlee is the Assistant Principal at Orchard Knob Middle School.


She says, “Ms. Roberson, in your role as NCO, I love that you’re able to share your best practices and teaching science with all the science teachers here at Orchard Knob Middle. Our school would not be the same without you. You make a difference every day.”
Sarah explains, “I’ve loved teaching and working with kids ever since I was in high school myself, and it’s just carried through throughout my life, and it’s, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’m also a wife and a teacher, and I will be having a baby here pretty soon. So, I’ll be a mom here in just a couple months. ”

She continues, “I had some really amazing teachers when I was in high school. I went to Boston Latin, in Boston, Massachusetts.  I had one teacher in particular, my biology teacher that really just made it fun and interesting, and really just made science my favorite subject.”


Project Inspire Resident Lindsey Long adds, “She’s always doing something with these kids. She’s always after school with them. She knows almost all of their names, and she’s just always interacting with them in general.”


Sarah concludes, “It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was in middle school myself.  So, I try to again to be graceful for when I, you know, just recall being in middle school and the challenges that come with it. At the end of the day my goal is to teach them, and I hope that they leave my classroom, not only learning the science content; learning how to think like a scientist. Whether it’s analyzing data, interpreting trends, just critical thinking skills that they can carry throughout them throughout their entire lives.”



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