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My Teacher Inspired Me Essay Contest
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Thursday, March 24, 2016



Every year we are proud to host an essay contest to honor our talented teachers through student voices. This year’s contest celebrates how great teachers inspire their students every day with the prompt: "My teacher has inspired me to …"


All Tennessee public school students in grades kindergarten through twelve are eligible to participate. The complexity of the essay will vary by age; K–2 students should record their thoughts on video. One winner will be selected from each of the following grade bands: K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12, and the winning students and honored teachers will be celebrated during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.

For contest details, click here. If you have questions, please email Leigh.Cooksey@tn.govAll submissions must be received by the Tennessee Department of Education office by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 8.


Please encourage the students in your school to participate. Prizes for the winning students will be announced soon. We look forward to hearing about the many ways that Tennessee teachers inspire their students!




Leigh Cooksey

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