It's not how much you make, but how well you live that indicates happiness. That's according to Dale Mays, a 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Double Tree Elementary School.
Mays is categorized as "Irreplaceable" based on her student achievement scores and other measures under Memphis City Schools' Teacher Effectiveness Measurement. According to research, the "Irreplaceable" teaching status means it would take 11 teacher hires to obtain the same level of effectiveness of such a teacher if she or he had to be replaced.
Mays joined Memphis City Schools in 2003 when she moved to the Bluff City from Brooklyn, New York. While in Brooklyn, Mays opted for a major career change – from serving as a buyer and marketing analyst for Macy's Department Stores for 15 years to becoming a teacher in Brooklyn's public school system in 1990.
- Written by Dena L. Owens/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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