The Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association will honor Maryville High School French teacher Betsy Marcum as the 2008 Teacher of the Year at their annual conference in Nashville.
Marcum began her teaching career in Tennessee in the Knox County Schools as a substitute teacher. She became a French teacher at South-Doyle High School in 1986 and moved to Maryville High School in 2001.
Marcum is often sought as a professional contributor. She always seeks best practices in her teaching and incorporates the use of technology in the classroom. Marcum studied French and Psychology at the University of Tennessee before earning a master’s degree in Educational Psychology.
Marcum is being honored as the 2008 Teacher of the Year because she creates magic in her French classroom at Maryville High School. She inspires students in class so much that outside class they download French music, look for French food in the grocery store, rent French movies, and seize opportunities to use the language.
One student says about Madame Marcum that, “the lessons often creep up on students as they laugh and smile and have a great time.” Her students appreciate her opening doors that they “never dreamed possible” by introducing them to not just the French language but also the French culture.
Students praise Mme. Marcum’s creative classes, which have a true mixture of culture and language. Mme. Marcum’s students excel each year when they participate in the National French Exam. Not surprisingly, many of her students continue studying French in college making French part of their life-long learning.