Specialist Spotlight on Vickie Parsons

This month, we are featuring Fairview High School's JTG Specialist, Vickie Parsons, in our Specialist Spotlight. Vickie is known for fostering strong connections with her students, and she goes above and beyond to help her students succeed. One of her most notable yearly activities is helping her classes plan and prepare a full Thanksgiving lunch [...]

By | 2018-03-08T19:20:23+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Academics, Professional Relationships, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Emma Warzynski

Stories of Hope: Meet Emma Warzynski, a 2017 graduate from Stratford STEM Magnet High School. Originally from Canada, Emma faced a great deal of struggles assimilating into the American classroom, and she graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She  began Austin Peay University this fall to pursue a career in occupational therapy. “I have overcome [...]

By | 2017-10-16T17:29:45+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Did You Do This Summer?

Tez Rogers began his summer by winning a new car! Actually, the recent Mt. Pleasant High School graduate earned it through Maury County’s Strive to Drive contest.  “I couldn’t even think when they called my name,” Rogers told The Columbia Daily Herald.  Strive to Drive is an ongoing academic initiative for Maury County, which encourages [...]

By | 2017-08-24T17:35:00+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Academics, Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barriers Know No Boundaries

Friday Pizza gathering at my sister's house was a good night for ma. Watching your parents grow old is such a blessing and privilege.  We laugh and tease each other.  They boast about knowing more about what I was up to as a teenager than they let on, and I counter with stories [...]

By | 2017-03-14T21:40:54+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Technically Speaking, These Places Rock

Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) students come from all walks of life and some of those walks are longer than others.  A survey filled out by nearly 500 JTG students in the fall (it was optional and one could assume if home life was dire, one might not fill it out) of 2016 revealed: 53% [...]

By | 2017-03-07T14:04:55+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Academics, College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building Bridges to Success

You're looking at nearly a million dollars in college scholarships and the teacher who helped make it happen. It's said a picture says a thousand words. Well, this one says nearly a $1 million dollars in college education.  Meet Maplewood High School seniors Abbey Khounmy, Vakia Robinson, Doresha Robinson and Martin Torres (Maria [...]

By | 2017-03-06T13:35:34+00:00 March 6th, 2017|College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cheese come with that Whine?

Pretty much sums up my day, minus the tie. Today is not one of my better days, as we all have them, right?  Computer woes and unexpected tasks put before me.  Not a good combination.  Please give me a pass on today's blog entry.  I'm getting on a plane (isn't really "in a [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:35:14+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Seat at the (White House) Table

  February 14 Parent Teacher Conference Listening Session with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.  JAG President Ken Smith is far right, two seats from the President. I wanted to share with you what Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) affiliates received in a newsletter from JAG [...]

By | 2017-03-01T15:45:07+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gone Before Morning Light

Up at the crack of dawn for JTG visits to Anderson County Career and Technical Center in Clinton, then up to Oneida High School in Scott County.  Fun roads once I'm off I-40.  I'm an early morning driver, putting chunks of miles behind me before most have had their first cup of coffee.  Are you [...]

By | 2017-02-28T11:16:46+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Academics, Uncategorized|0 Comments