Educator of the week

Lovely Tinsley 
Liberty Middle School

Ms. Lovely Tinsely grew up on a farm in Payo, Georgia with her eight brothers and sisters. Her mother was a homemaker and her father worked for the Department of Transportation repairing roads in addition to being a full time farmer.

Life on the farm involved a lot of hard work. The family was responsible for gathering crops and taking care of the livestock. On the rare occasion that Ms. Tinsley had free time, she enjoyed getting lost in a book or sketching portraits and landscapes. Ms. Tinsley fondly remembers the many ways she and her siblings organized scavenger hunts in the woods to keep themselves entertained – a memory she will treasure forever.

When it came to her studies, Ms. Tinsley knew there was a deep desire to learn about health and medicine. She had stated at the age of seven that she wanted to become a nurse and by the thirteen she decided she wanted to pursue a medical career. With these goals in mind, Ms. Tinsley chose to attend Albany State University in Georgia after high school. Her experience there was enjoyable and as she so warmly puts it, “it opened the eyes of a country girl to a whole new world.” Ms. Tinsley went on to earn bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education from the University of Central Florida.

Ms. Tinsley’s professional career took a bit of a turn. She opted to educate the future generations while still remaining involved in the sciences. Ms. Tinsley is currently the Assistant Principal at Liberty Middle School in Orlando, Florida. She has been in education for 23 years and has primarily taught high school Chemistry and Biology and began teaching at her current school five years ago. She has particularly enjoyed the staff and seeing the advancement of the students over the years. She now, more than ever, encourages students to be more involved in STEM activities by first helping to start the STEM club at Liberty three years ago. She also coordinates Liberty’s annual STEM night, where teachers display multiple exhibits within their classes.

One of the goals Ms. Tinsley has set is to improve the science scores at Liberty. She also hopes to increase the numbers working on grade level by closing the achievement gap. Ms. Tinsley is doing so by monitoring the data more closely and working with specific teachers and having direct student contact about their academic progress.

In her spare time, Ms. Tinsley hikes, cycles, reads and attends church. Thank you, Ms. Tinsley for all that you do!

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