Foothills Elementary School stages own version of ‘Amazing Race’
By Matthew Stewart | (email@example.com)
Foothills Elementary School staged its own version Tuesday of hit reality television game show “The Amazing Race.”
Educators participated in the first “Race to the Top and Celebrate Teaching” event. They were divided into six-teacher teams.
Contestants received event directions at 11:30 a.m. They had limited planning time, because the race started at 12:45 p.m.
Each team’s members were required to carpool. They were also prohibited from splitting up and traveling to different checkpoints in an effort to finish ahead of other teams.
Contestants completed a task at each checkpoint. They delivered treats to John Sevier Elementary School’s and Sam Houston Elementary School’s employees.
Team members also shared five reasons why they loved teaching with Director of Schools Stephanie Thompson and narrated nursery rhymes. They shared five reasons why they loved working for Maryville City Schools with The Daily Times and recited the alphabet backward.
After completing the checkpoints, contestants raced back to the school’s parking lot. Principal Amy Vagnier and Assistant Principal Rob Hensley, who were serving as race masters, recorded their time.
For winning the race, the kindergarten team was awarded one day off from school. All contestants received a prize pack with food items and gift cards.
Educators were pleased with the in-service program. Many considered the race to be one of their best in-service programs.
“The race was a good team-building activity,” said Patty Stinnett, a third grade teacher. “We created a strategic plan and executed it. We also used the same skills that we expect our kids to use, such as sharing, taking turns and working together.”
“We got to know each other while completing the race,” said Channing Lodari, a special education teacher. “We talked teaching, our families, and where we live.”
“We also learned about different ways to get results,” said Kim Seebach, a special education teacher. “Everybody doesn’t do things the same way, and everybody doesn’t learn the same way.”
Educators also wanted to publicly thank Vagnier and the Family Teacher Organization for making the event possible.
“We’re grateful to have a leader who’d let us do something like today’s in-service,” said Stephanie Rinck, a third grade teacher. “She’s allowed us to have fun and placed her trust in us.”
“I’m truly appreciative that the FTO provided these goodie bags and snacks for us,” said Leslie Watson, a first grade teacher. “It means a lot, knowing that people are grateful and thankful for what you do. Everybody likes to feel appreciated.”
“I’m very pleased with today’s in-service,” Vagnier said. “Our purpose was to experience the fun and excitement that happens when we work together. There’s high expectations for students and teachers, but we will meet them as a team — and we will have fun while doing it.”