Oct. 31, 2013 - Darlene Palmer is a graduate of Union University, having obtained both an undergraduate and two graduate degrees in Education from Union’s School of Education. For October 2012, Palmer was named Tennessee Education Lottery’s statewide Educator of the Month, an honor earned from the votes of students, parents, and others on the awarding agency’s website. Palmer has been teaching for over 20 years, and is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher at Bells Elementary School in Bells, Tennessee. Palmer has taught both Title I and Kindergarten at Bells. In 1991, Palmer completed her undergraduate work at Union, while she earned both a Master’s and Education Specialist degree in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Palmer is humbled by her recent award, attributing much of her success as a teacher to Union. She says, “All of my professors at Union helped me to become successful not only in life but in my classroom, as well, and I dedicate this award to each of them for all the many lifelong lessons they have taught me.” To be named Educator of the Month, teachers must first be nominated as an Educator of the Week. The School of Education at Union University is proud of Palmer’s success in the classroom, and honored by the positive impact she is having in the lives of many young students.