Teacher appreciation: Celebrating ALL teachers

Program Specialists sitting at table

The month of May signals the end of another school year, and, as we head into summer, our team at ALLMemphis would like to congratulate all of the teachers at our partner schools – Journey Community Schools, Promise Academy – Hollywood, Promise Academy – Spring Hill, Lucie E. Campbell Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, and Vollentine Elementary. We couldn’t be more grateful to work with passionate and caring elementary educators day in and day out. The work our teachers accomplish helps us attain our goal of educational equity for ALL Memphis students.


Below, we spotlight a few of the many, incredible educators we work with, and they explain how ALLMemphis has impacted their teaching experience.


“ALLMemphis has been extremely beneficial, and my students really seem to enjoy it. They’re really engaged, and I’ve seen a lot more confidence in this group – it carries over to the core content class. Two of my young men who are really reserved and more quiet in the classroom have completely transformed since using this method. They want to participate; they want to read; they now put their hands up to answer questions; and they want me to know they can do it. I’ve definitely seen that growth in them, and it spills over into the regular classroom.” – Tamiko Marshall, sixth-grade reading teacher at Journey Community Schools.


“I truly love the field of education. I love being able to give back. And, I’m that person who loves to see the light bulb go off. When my students finally get it, it melts my heart.” – Meredith Blache, second grade teacher at Journey Community Schools’ East Academy.


“I’ve had four students in my RTI group who previously didn’t know a single letter or sound. Since starting ALLMemphis, one of them has already progressed to the next skill, and the other three are right behind him. In general, since working with ALLMemphis, these kids seem to be catching on to the letters faster. They’re able to write and identify sounds more quickly. I can really tell the difference.” – Heather Moore, kindergarten teacher at Memphis Shelby County Schools’ Sherwood Elementary


“I’ve seen a lot of different curriculums come and go, and I continue to stick to the teachings I know work and that my students are going to benefit from. Once I got used to the ALLMemphis curriculum and felt comfortable with it, it became easy to use in my classroom. Seeing the look on the children’s faces when they were finally able to recognize the letters and use the key words is always so exciting. Last year, I saw gains with my Response to Intervention (RTI) students. They came to me not knowing their letters, not knowing the sounds, and struggling to write the letters. ALLMemphis was extremely beneficial for those students.” – Karen Haynes, kindergarten teacher at Memphis Shelby County Schools’ Vollentine Elementary


We are inspired by the teachers we work with! You all have done a wonderful job this year, and you deserve time to relax and renew. See you in the fall!