Video Feature - Emily McDonald, Red Bank High
Posted on 05/12/2020
Photo: Emily McDonald from Red Bank HighTeacher Appreciation Week is taking place across the country this week; in Hamilton County, we want to celebrate the excellence of our teachers who work to build a brighter future for children every day. Today’s video feature highlights Emily McDonald, a teacher at Red Bank High School in the Rock Point Learning Community. McDonald is the Teacher of the Year in the high school division in Hamilton County Schools.

Emily McDonald is a math teacher at Red Bank High School and has been at the school since 2015. She has taught Honors Calculus, Algebra 2, ACT Prep for Math and Science, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 1, and Geometry. She wants her students to understand math as it relates to their life and uses technology in her class to promote creativity and exploration.

“In my classroom, I strive to foster a culture where students understand the application of mathematics in their everyday lives,” said McDonald. “My Pre-Calculus students have participated in the UTC Mathematics Poster Competition for the past two years. The event prompts students to create and present their work and learn more about STEM fields.”

For the 2018-2019 school year her students showed substantial growth resulting achieving a Level 5 score. “Being cognizant of student achievement from prior years has helped me shape my practice to better meet the needs of my students,” McDonald added.

Enjoy Emily McDonald talking about teaching and her classroom in her Teacher of the Year video recorded earlier this year.