Nichole McCord, Maryville
Son, Jayden, age 6
Nichole McCord’s commitment to community is inspiring.
She is a fourth grade teacher at Eagleton Elementary School. Along with being a working mom, Nichole serves as a board member for the Maryville College National Alumni Association, Secret Safe Place for Newborns and Junior Service League of Maryville, where she co-chairs their Relay for Life activities.
She and her husband, Adriel, are raising their 6-year-old son, Jaydan. Adriel is the Blount County president for SunTrust Bank. Nichole met her husband at Maryville College, where she was a cheerleader and he was a basketball player. After graduation, Nicole exchanged cheering with the squad for singing with children’s choir at First Baptist Church of Maryville. Her husband has traded basketballs for turntables; he is an amateur DJ for charity events around town.
Because you and your husband are gifted musically and athletically, who would win if the two of you competed on the show “America’s Got Talent?”
We would have to be a team. He could play the music while we sang so we could all be winners.
With a career, a family and a busy extra-curricular schedule, is it difficult to find balance?
I try to not over-commit. I also like to get my family involved with me.
Growing up, do you remember anything your mom said or did that drove you bonkers that you find yourself doing now?
When she would say “because I told you to,” and I vowed I would never say that. I do!
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a mom?
I was at a Maryville College football game. My son was about 10 months old. He had fallen asleep in the stroller, and I didn’t have him buckled in. He slid out, and I ran him over with the stroller, and everyone saw it! Jaydan was not hurt, but my pride was. I thought I would never hear the end of it.
What do you find to be the challenges and joys of motherhood?
The joy is seeing how much my son is learning at school. He is growing up so fast. The challenge is trying to make sure I raise a son who behaves and is well rounded.
What makes Blount County a great place to raise a family?
Blount County is a great place to raise a family because we have wonderful teachers. We are also convenient to Knoxville and Sevierville without having to deal with all of the traffic.
From a teacher’s perspective, what is the best thing a parent can do to help foster a love of learning?
Reading to your child starting from birth helps foster a love of reading and that will make school easier for them.
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