Teresa Lyle, the TCTELA Elementary Teacher of the Year, shares her love of literacy with students and colleagues. A veteran of fifteen years of teaching, Teresa works tirelessly to create a literacy-rich classroom for her students. A lifelong learner, she reads professional books, participates in book studies, and attends professional development; she then applies the new learning in her classroom. Her work leads to engaged readers, as she models a love of reading for her students. Teresa is the kind of teacher that gets excited when her kids fall in love with reading for the pure joy of it. Teresa is a leader among her colleagues, serving as Spelling Bee Coordinator and District Reading Cadre Member. She shares her expertise with others through facilitating professional development, such as being a teacher roundtable presenter for her district. She collaborates with the TCTELA Elementary Section, offering her insight on best-practice instruction. Through her excellence, Teresa exemplifies the TCTELA Elementary Teacher of the Year.