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Teacher Makes Impact on Gov. Haslam - John Dunn

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. -- It was a moment during Governor Haslam's State of the State speech that one teacher will never forget. Megan Baker spends her days teaching 6th grade math in Mt. Juliet, but last year a brief meeting with the Governor, and a small gift, made a big impact.

Spend a few minutes in Megan Baker's math class, and you're sure to see something unique. "I think I've always been ingrained with expecting greatness and positivity," says Megan Baker.

Baker has embraced Wilson County's school motto, "Let's Expect Great Outcomes," or "LEGO" for short. In fact, Lego blocks remind teachers here to stay positive. "The visual aspect of having a Lego kind of reminded you that we got this, we're all in this together," says Baker.
Last November Governor Haslam visited West Wilson Middle School where Baker teachers. She told him about the motto and gave him a red Lego. This week, during Haslam's State of the State address, she learned how much it meant to him. "Because it sits on top of my alarm clock by my bed, it's literally the first thing I see every morning. It is a reminder of the responsibility that we all have to expect great outcomes," said Governor Bill Haslam.

"I didn't know that months later he would still be talking about a Lego," says a surprised Baker.

Baker's students call her a favorite teacher who makes math fun. "She makes it interesting because we get to play games," says 6th grader Cassidy Ledford.

"You can tell by her attitude that she wants to make it fun, but we have to cooperate with her to make it fun," adds 6th grader Madison Hill.

It is not hard to figure out what Governor Haslam saw in Megan Baker. "Not only do I have a passion for impacting our future, I've been called to impact our future," says Baker

Thanks to a Lego, he will remember her lesson. It may help Tennessee achieve a great outcome.

Megan Baker says she has also taken a lesson from all of this. She tries to remember that every encounter has meaning, and words can be powerful.

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