Nashville Predators April 2023 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

Nashville Predators April 2023 Teacher of the Month


Timothy Eric Fariss


Dibrell Elementary

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I have been a teacher at Dibrell Elementary for my entire 34 year career. While the majority of my time has been spent teaching 3rd or 4th grade, I am currently teaching all grades in the computer lab. I have always wanted to be a teacher and set that as my goal in 6th grade. I think that my favorite part of education is helping a student grasp a concept with which they had previously struggled, whether that is academic or social/emotional. Students should always know that you are a person that they can count on. I also serve as the minister at Northcutt’s Cove Church of Christ.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™ program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

Being in a rural Tennessee school, I like the my students can get some exposure to the game. This program (along with some lessons from our physical education teachers) can open up something new for our students. Several STEM concepts are a part of the game of hockey including angles, speed, motion, and force, as well as the science that goes into keeping the ice frozen.


If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

My coordination and ice skating skills would probably keep me on the bench as the team encourager, but it would be satisfying to check an opposing team member, maybe at the right wing position.