Celebrating Successes - Signal Mountain teacher is a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year
Posted on 08/08/2019
picture of Kristen RobertsonWe are celebrating successes of the past year as Hamilton County Schools prepares for the announcement of historic progress in our school district next Wednesday with the release of the student achievement data from the state.

One success story is Kristen Robertson, a teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High, selected to be in the finals for the Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Robertson is a finalist from the Southeast region and one of nine finalists. She teaches ninth-grade English at Signal Mountain Middle High School, where she has been since 2013. Robertson previously taught at Soddy Daisy High. Robertson serves as a personal project instructor to 25 students, working with them to complete their culminating personal project for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program.

Robertson builds positive relationships with her students by attending sporting events and interacting with students in the community. Her classroom climate of high expectations encourages students to take academic risks and embrace challenges.

“Teachers who form relationships see the most authentic growth and learning because their students know that their teacher believes in them and wants to invest in their lives,” Robertson said. “I use the information I gain from forming relationships to invent fun activities that hook a student’s interest.”

Video of Robertson working in the classroom

Kristen Robertson is an example of the great teachers and leaders found in Hamilton County Schools. The five-year strategic plan Future Ready 2023 adopted last year has a focus of providing top talent to work with children in our schools. Great Teachers and Leaders is Action Area 3 in the plan.

You are invited to join Hamilton County Schools to celebrate the historic progress of students and schools with the release of state achievement data for Hamilton County Schools on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 1 p.m. The celebration will be held at the Tennessee Aquarium located at 1 Broad Street in Chattanooga.