Michelle Medford Michelle is a fourth-year AFJROTC instructor at Whites Creek High School. She is much more than just a teacher – she is a true professional, motivator and mentor to students and staff alike. Michelle typically arrives to school at 5:45 a.m. and often departs at 6 p.m., even though work hours are 6:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. She is often working after hours volunteering and running the food concessions for sporting events after training and supervising the color guard team performances. She has invested over 12 hours each month in tutoring to help students who are behind with recover credits. Michelle is also constantly purchasing food, clothing and school supplies for her students to be sure they have everything they need. Some students even stop by her class if they arrived to school late and missed breakfast or eat lunch with her and chat about life. Michelle has provided transportation to and from events to ensure that her students can experience new adventures. Michelle and her fellow JROTC instructors even plan a fall and spring break trip every year, sacrificing their own vacation time with their families to facilitate student learning. She makes sure that students are consistently involved in the community and giving back, including work with The Titans’ Kid Zone, Wreaths Across America, Angel Tree, POW/MIA ceremony and trash pick up around campus grounds. During the hot temperatures at the beginning of the school year, she had students create posters and hand out popsicles to bus drivers to say thanks for all they do. Michelle’s dedication continues, as she ensures every academy teacher receives a birthday card and plans award meals for the students on the honor roll and have perfect attendance. Michelle is a single mother of two daughters who empathizes with many of the struggles her students and parents face. She has a huge heart and truly embodies what every teacher should strive to be.