Fifth grade teacher Gerritt Wetherall is this year's John Bassett Moore Intermediate School Teacher of the Year. Wetherall recently took a few minutes to talk about what inspired him to become a teacher and what he enjoys about working in the Smyrna School District.

Q How did you feel to be named the JBM Teacher of the Year?

A I was honored and surprised. Being recognized by your peers for a job well done is very gratifying.

Q Who or what inspired you to become a teacher?

A My mother is a retired high school English teacher. Her influences affected my career choice greatly.

Q What do you enjoy most about teaching?

A I love the 'ah-ha' moment a child has when they get a concept or skill they've been struggling to understand for days or maybe even weeks. Just to see the light bulb go on, you feel like you have something to do with it. It's very rewarding.

Q What's the biggest challenge?

A Motivating students who are experiencing major difficulties outside the classroom is a huge challenge. Having students forget their problems and focus on the lesson can be quite difficult, yet attainable.

Q What do you like about teaching in the Smyrna School District?

A Smyrna is a very supportive and close-knit community with great parents and community members. They have good moral values and work ethic. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach in Smyrna.

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