“A one of a kind teacher!” That’s every teacher candidate’s wish when being assigned a mentoring teacher. One of our teacher candidates was lucky enough to be placed by the Office of School Based Experiences with someone who defines that statement.
Katie Potter, a 2016 graduate in the Elementary Education program, was placed with Ms. Lee Ann Eaves at Grand Oaks Elementary School in Anderson County. Ms. Eaves, a 25-year veteran of teaching and sixth generation teacher, has mentored 15 interns throughout her career and most recently added VolsTeach students. That sounds like a lot to some; not many to others but what Ms. Eaves taught these teacher candidates through the years can’t be added up.
In the words of her most recent and last teacher candidate, “While her retirement is so exciting for her to move on and allow her time to be Nana to her sweet grandchildren, it will truly be a loss to education and especially to future educators. I have been blessed to have her as my mentor.” Countless stories from previous interns, fellow teachers, professors and principals also praised Ms. Eaves’ dedication to her career. The impact she had upon their lives has left each of them a better person; be it in their personal life or their career.
Ms. Eaves was named Mentor of the Year at the 2016 Tribute to Educators. The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee appreciates all you have done throughout your career to enhance the future of teaching through your interns, your school and peers, and especially through the lives of all those countless student’s you’ve touched.
Enjoy your retirement!