Big Day for Teachers: AutoZone Liberty Bowl surprises Central High teacher with $1,000

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 10:26 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:13 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - AutoZone Liberty Bowl and College Football Playoff Foundation partnered up to honor a Memphis teacher for The Big Day for Teachers to kickoff Extra Yard for Teachers Week.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl awarded Central High School Biology Teacher Laureatta Lockridge with a $1,000 check for her dedication to educating her students.

“I’m super excited. I work very hard for my students. I’m always working all the time trying to find different ways for them to engage with the material, rather than me just giving them notes all the time,” said Lockridge. “I just try to do my best to teach the kids the best way I know and the best way they can learn and understand.”

Lockridge says she didn’t want to ask her students for assistance with purchasing supplies this year due to possible financial struggles amid the ongoing pandemic.

She says she has been spending her own money to help her students learn but plans to use the $1,000 toward supplies for her classroom and upcoming science experiments.

“I’ve been very blessed, this is my 11th year teaching and I’ve had some great students, and I continue to have great students who come back and tell me that what I’ve done for them or how I taught them has really helped them,” said Lockridge as she choked back tears.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Associate Executive Director Harold Greater says he hopes the money will help Lockridge provide even more for her students.

“We want to honor and help a teacher that connects with their students, is grinding at it each and every day and really needs the help and obviously Ms. Lockridge’s story -- she needs this help to help her students,” said Greater. “At the end of the day, it’s great teachers helping their students.”

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