Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Susan Walker

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery is a teacher in Henderson County.

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 1.25.33 PM“I’m high on life. I love these kids, and I want them to go and get an education,” Susan Walker said.

She teaches marketing and journalism at Lexington High School and has been for 34 years.

“I have a diverse group, and I try my best to help every one of them. They say I preach half the time, but that’s OK,” she joked. “I preach to them about education, I preach to them that life is a struggle and that they have to learn how to get through it.”

She said teenagers have always been the age she connects with and that her classes can tell she genuinely loves her job.

“I love to come to work every day. As a matter of fact, I got 200 sick days. One student said ‘How do you — Do you never take off?’ and I said, ‘what for?'”

Walker wakes up thinking about how she can positively influence her students. “At 5 a.m. every morning when I’m having my coffee, I look on the internet and find things to tell them about,” Walker said. “Matter of fact, if the internet had worked today, we were looking at 13 fastest-growing jobs.”Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 1.25.57 PM

She enjoys the memories and times she creates with her students that last long after they leave her classroom.

“When you see them at Wal-Mart, I’ll say ‘hey, don’t you run from me. Do you remember so-and-so?’ And we’d have a good laugh about it.”

Walker will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in November, to vote for her 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 description of why they deserve the honor.