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Amy Giffin honored as Fayetteville Middle School’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Serving students and witnessing “light bulb moments” are the most rewarding aspects of her career, says Amy Giffin, Fayetteville Middle School’s “Teacher of the Year”.

In her 27th year in public education – all with Fayetteville City Schools – Giffin says she is blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of those moments and to make a difference in the lives of students.

“I would have to say that the most rewarding aspect of my career is serving the students, whether it be in an academic capacity or otherwise,” says Giffin, who currently serves as librarian/media specialist at FMS. “Being there when the light bulb comes on, and they master a skill or complete a task, finish a book, those are defining moments in an educator´s life.

“Also being there to give or receive a much-needed hug or high five, listen to a problem or concern and give advice, watching them play sports or receive awards for their accomplishments are all parts of the job that create lasting memories and relationships that are priceless rewards of being a teacher,” she added. “The fact that I have 27 years’ worth of those types of memories and relationships is an amazing feeling, a special gift.”

Giffin earned a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1993 and began her career teaching and working for the Fayetteville City School System’s F.A.S.T. program. She earned a masters in elementary education (M.Ed.) from Tennessee State University (TSU) in 2000 and gained her library/media specialist endorsement from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2017.

She has experience teaching second grade at Ralph Askins School and spent 20 years as a third grade teacher at the elementary school. Giffin worked for the F.A.S.T. program for eight years and served as grade level chairperson for seven. For six years now, she has worked in library/media/technology classes and services for fifth through eighth graders at Fayetteville Middle, where she also is Student Council sponsor.

“Fayetteville Middle School is very proud to announce that Amy Giffin is the 2019-2020 ‘Teacher of the Year’,” said Principal Steve Giffin, noting Mrs. Giffin’s 27 years of service with the Fayetteville City School System. “Mrs. Giffin is the school librarian and teaches all students in the school.  She covers many topics in her class that include library skills and technology.  With our integration of 1:1 Chromebooks for our seventh and eighth grade students this year, Mrs. Giffin both distributed and managed this process. 

“She has a vast knowledge of the library collection at our school and helps all subject areas with needed student resources,” he added. “She is the sponsor of our school Student Council, and their group is very active in our holiday fundraising by having different charitable drives to help children in our community.  Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Giffin!”

“It is such a great honor to get to work with the amazing staff and teachers at Fayetteville Middle School,” Mrs. Giffin said. “We are more like a family than a group of coworkers in the ways that everyone supports one another, not only in educating and caring for the students, but in the ways that we all care for and support each other in times of need and times of celebration.

“Being chosen as ‘Teacher of the Year’ among this wonderful, strong group of educators is humbling,” she added. “All of the teachers at FMS are deserving of this recognition, and it was something that I was not expecting to receive, so I am deeply honored to be recognized.”