Golden Apple: Cortney Fugate, Loftis Middle School
HIXSON, TN (WDEF) – Being a teacher is so much more than a full-time job. The best educators consistently put in extra time to make sure their students have all the tools they need to succeed. That describes Cortney Fugate to a “T”.
Dr. Mary Catherine Gatlin is the Principal at Loftis Middle School.
She explains, “So, Ms. Fugate has been with us just a couple of years. She is a leader, but doesn’t know it. She is an innovator. She’s been just a really positive asset to Loftis.”
When asked to describe herself, Fugate says, “Cortney Fugate is a teacher who encourages her students to learn and grow. I’ve had a lot of good teachers over the years. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but my most influential teacher were my sixth grade teacher Miss Fisher and my high school English teacher Mr. Austin.”
Perla Carbhal is an 8th grader at Loftis Middle.
Perla says, “She explains things really good, and she is fun.”
8th grader Denver Priest chips in, “You can ask her questions when you need to ask her questions about things that you are confused about.”
8th grader Ethan Rankhorn adds, “She is a very nice teacher, and if there is like any questions you need you just ask her.”
8th grader Pete Laxton agrees, “Well normally in class, you know, you get a start talking, (you’re told to) do you work, but you know, in this class, it is like more open and you still get your work done, but at the same time you get to have fun in the class.”
Ms. Fugate explains, “I always try to remind them that it’s my job to help you learn and grow, and there’s no sense of sitting in my class confused or overwhelmed, you know. I will always encourage them to just ask for help.”
She concludes, “I really enjoy creating relationships with my students and getting to know them as they grow in themselves, and then they’re learning and watching them as they succeed in life. I want them to be confident in themselves, to have a love for learning that they take with them outside of the school building.”