Earlier this year, the SEC went to each university in the conference and asked student-athletes to submit a nomination for the teacher who had the greatest impact on their life.
Cherokee 2014 graduate Jennifer Davis, who is on the University of Tennessee’s rowing team, submitted an essay about Loudy, who was her health sciences teacher for four years in high school.
After her nomination was selected, Davis was interviewed on camera about Loudy’s influence on her, and that interview will appear on the SEC Network’s pregame show Saturday at 11 a.m.
In addition to the recognition, Loudy will receive a $10,000 grant from the SEC and College Football Playoffs Association for the purchase of school supplies and materials.
Davis expects to graduate from UT in December with a degree in kinesiology and plans to apply to medical school.
Loudy told the Times-News Tuesday she doesn’t feel that she does anything special.
She just tries to meet the needs of her students and maximize their opportunities for careers in health care.
Still, the recognition, and the $10,000 grant, are greatly appreciated.
“I don’t know what she (Davis) said about me, but I guess we’ll find out Saturday,” Loudy said.
Loudy noted that Davis is among a tight-knit group of students who wanted to stay in touch with her after graduating from Cherokee, and she likes keeping up with Davis’ progress. They also get together occasionally at UT football games.
“I had her all four years she was at Cherokee, she was a member of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) all four years, she was an officer two of those years, and then her senior year she was a state officer,” Loudy said. “Freshman year, she hadn’t really figured out whether or not she was going to like me, and we joke about that. She’s like, ‘I didn’t even like you when I was a freshman, and when I had you again as a sophomore, I still didn’t figure it out.’ ”
Loudy added, “I think the relationship started to build whenever I recognized her writing abilities. I approached her one day and said, ‘You’re the best writer I’ve had. You should really consider running for an officer position in HOSA.’ Our relationship just flourished from there.”
Loudy is one of only 14 teachers chosen to be honored by the SEC’s Extra Yard For Teachers.
The mission of Extra Yard For Teachers is to elevate the profession by inspiring and empowering teachers.
She hopes the funding will go toward purchasing some partitioning materials to simulate patient care areas, and she would also like to replace classroom desks with tables and chairs to help with teamwork and skills practice.