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Carlin McGlown honored by Blue Bell

Blue Bell ice cream traveled all the way from Texas to visit Munford Middle School Friday, Sept. 14 to honor Mrs. Carlin McGlown, one of nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year.  They presented her with her favorite ice cream and provided ice cream for the entire school.  

Local teacher Carlin McGlown has taken her love for education and Jesus and published an inspirational book for educators titled “Behold! A Teacher Went Forth to Sow.” 

A seventh grade English/Language Arts teacher, McGlown is also the 2018 District Teacher of the Year and she is a finalist for the 2018-2019 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award. 

She said she combined her passions to write her book, which she hopes will help other educators overcome some of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“Teaching is a labor of love and devotion, and one of the most thankless careers ever,” McGlown said when asked why she wrote the book.

She is hopeful the book will help encourage educators of all disciplines to incorporate the teachings of Jesus into their classrooms by highlighting the love and compassion He had for people in need. 

She said the book is heavily influenced by the parable Jesus told about a farmer who planted his seeds and cared for them meticulously and was rewarded by a plentiful harvest. 

The plentiful harvest in the lives of teachers, McGlown said, is the success achieved by students in their educational and personal pursuits. 

One of the most rewarding moments for teacher is to have students come back and say that their lives were directly impacted by the lessons and support offered in the classroom, and that is one of the major motivators for McGlown in publishing her book to help other educators encourage their students to reach success. 

The book is broken down into weekly devotional lessons that address many of the challenges present in the daily classroom setting. 

McGlown addresses how both novice and veteran educators can improve their ability to overcome challenges in the educational setting by practicing the teachings of Jesus on a daily basis. She said the lessons addressed apply to every educator, from preschool to graduate school, and she believes it is perfect for any teacher looking to maximize their positive impact in both the classroom and life in general.

Since being published in July, her book has received significant support from local parents and educators. 

One review on Amazon stated, “Wonderful devotional guide for the everyday joys and concerns for our students we lead.” 

McGlown lives in Brighton with her husband, dog and two sons. She is an alumni of University of Memphis where she received her undergraduate and masters degree in Higher Education. She is also the co-founder of Teachers for Teachers, an organization which offers personal development workshops and services for education professionals.  

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of her book, it is available on Amazon for $7.99 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email eday@covingtonleader.com.