Teacher in Focus: Josh Tate

by Celia Shortt

alt

Josh Tate, music teacher, Elm Street Elementary


Josh Tate teaches music at Elm Street Elementary School in Newnan. This year is his seventh of teaching.

Why did you become a teacher?

I love kids, and I think the way to influence society the best is through children.

How long have been you a teacher?

This is my seventh year and all have of them have been at Elm Street.

What is your favorite part?

The “aha” moment for a student - when they get it and you see the pride in their eyes.

If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?

It would have to be something involved with kids and fun. Being around kids is in my DNA.

Do you have a family?

I’m married with an almost two year old son.

What do you do when you are not teaching?

Running and a lot of training. I’m a marathon runner. If I’m not training, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family.

What is the one thing you want your students to learn?

Be awesome. Whatever you do, just be awesome. Take pride in what you do.

What is the best part about being at Elm Street?

We are a family. We’re not just a building, we’re a community. We lift each other up if we need help. We rely on each other. I look forward to the day when I get to teach my former students’ children.



More Education

Teacher in Focus: Whitney Olvey

Whitney Olvey teaches fourth grade math and science at Moreland Elementary School. This year is her fifth of teaching, all of which have bee ... Read More


Spotlight: Arnco-Sargent Elementary School

Being a family and meeting the needs of all its students is what Arnco-Sargent Elementary School has done for years and what its teachers an ... Read More


Central Educational Center

Westmoreland visits 8th grade college and career academy

Eighth grade students at Central Educational Center recently had a chance to hear U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland talk about the importance of e ... Read More


Coweta students honored at Kiwanis art show

Earlier this month, 24 students were recognized at the joint art and music showcase held by the Kiwanis Club of Coweta County and the Newnan ... Read More


Teacher in Focus: Susan Quesinberry

Susan Quesinberry has been teaching for 30 years at Newnan High School. She has taught all levels of French, as well as some math. Why did y ... Read More

Applications continue for Coweta Pre-K program

Applications for Coweta County’s Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program are still being accepted. Parents who want to apply for a sport for ... Read More