Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Dave Canterbury

JACKSON, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery works right here in Jackson.

“You’re born to be a teacher — it’s just who you are,” said Dave Canterbury. He is a seventh grade math teacher at Northeast Middle School and is also a man of God.

Dave Canterbury“It’s just always been something within me to do, whether it’s teaching or preaching.”

Canterbury has been teaching for two years and said the best memory for him is not having a child fail his class last year or so far this year.

“If these kids try — and they know it — if they try they will not fail,” Canterbury said. “Now if they sit there and don’t want to do anything, that’s on them. But if they put forth the effort and try as hard as they can, they won’t fail.”

Canterbury is originally from Ohio. “I am a Yankee,” he said. “I’m proud of that fact, and I’m a huge Ohio State fan” He has been in Tennessee for 25 years and currently lives in Waynesboro.

“I drive an hour, almost an hour and a half, every morning and an hour and a half back home every evening,” Canterbury said. “I don’t mind it. These kids are why I’m here, so I’m just glad to be here.”

Canterbury said he doesn’t teach for the paycheck bu rather to watch the students’ eyes light up when what he’s teaching makes sense.

“That’s why you do it — for the comprehension. Not for the test at the end of the year. It’s not why you do it. You do it for these kids. And I guess when you are sincere about it, they can tell.”

Canterbury will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in October, to vote for him or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com.

To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com with a brief descriptions explaining why the honor is deserved. Also, include the school and what the educator teaches.