Women of SCC: Awarding-Winning Teachers

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Three of our members were recently recognized for their excellence in teaching.

Babs Zielke teaches all the high school math at Bachman Academy, a small boarding/day school for students with learning disabilities. She won Bachman’s Teacher of the Year award by doing what she loves: “I love working with kids, because I love math and love seeing the light bulb light up over their heads when they suddenly ‘get it’!” She also enjoys working puzzles (especially those involving math) and cooking.

Babs, who sings tenor, took voice lessons and has sung in several formal groups requiring audition throughout high school, college, and beyond. Then she found SCC and “was provided a chance to sing great music, and make great friends at the same time.” She sings tenor, has been a member for 41 years, and is still going strong. “I have loved every minute of my past 41 years singing with Scenic City, and will continue as long as I am an asset to the chorus.”

Megan Grass, one of our newer members, teaches special ed grades 3–5 at Spring Creek Elementary. She was nominated for and won two awards—News Channel 9 Teacher of the Week and just recently, Teacher of the Week from the Tennessee Titans. Megan teaches to make a difference: “I love changing the lives of my students. I like to see their faces when they ‘catch on’ to something.”

Megan is also a swim coach. “That is my talent,” she says, and she’s heavily involved with Special Olympics. She has two children, ages 5 and 2, and likes to decorate cakes.

Megan sings lead, and although she doesn’t have a formal music background, her dad, Paul Blazek, has been the director of the Choo Choo Chorus (men’s barbershop) in Chattanooga for over 25 years, so she’s grown up surrounded by harmony. According to Megan: “I sing because I love it! Nothing puts me in a better mood than singing with all of my friends!"

Beverly Jordan teaches kindergarten at Barger Academy of Fine Arts. Like Megan, she recently was nominated for and won News Channel 9 Teacher of the Week. Bev enjoys working with very young students: “It makes me happy to work with students who still love learning and are bursting with curiosity.” She also likes to read, travel and spend time with her two grandchildren.

At a very young age, Bev started singing with her dad in church, quickly displaying her love for and ability to pick out harmony. She started piano lessons in second grade and now plays the organ and sings at church. She’s sung bass with SCC for 28 years and loves the chorus camaraderie. “SCC really is a sisterhood, with gals that you love being with and singing with every week.”