CMS Teacher of the Year Kimberly Tuttle will be featured in a
nationwide Volkswagen commercial that highlights leaders in the
classroom. Volkswagen’s corporate office became aware of her story, as
well as her teacher of the year prize: a one-year lease on a Jetta.
“They came across something about me, did their research and gave me a
call,” Tuttle said. “We talked about a lot of teacher stories, and
there was a lot of crying.”
A crew of 40 was sent to Charlotte to film the commercial Aug. 26-28.
Tuttle said they created a complete movie set at the home she shares
with her husband and two daughters. Filming began at 4:30 a.m. and moved
from the house, through the streets of Charlotte and to Levine Middle
College High, where Tuttle teaches 11th-grade English Honors and
Advanced Placement language and composition.
Tuttle said she had to be taught the proper way to hold the steering
wheel for her driving scenes and that they had a police escort while on
the road. At Levine, she had to teach her class in the media center
instead of her classroom to accommodate all the crew and equipment.
Student Lexie Lynch said she had fun working on the commercial, but
seeing new faces and cameras everywhere caught her by surprise. She said
she is not outspoken around new people and had to leave her comfort
“I participated in the commercial to support Mrs. Tuttle and her
achievements,” Lexie said. “I am so thankful that she was my teacher and
was able to help me grow so much. She was my 11th-grade English
teacher, but she was really more than a teacher. She truly loves each
and every student and gets to know them like they are her own.”
Tuttle said making the commercial was interesting and a great
opportunity for her and her students. It is expected to air in November.
“It meant the world to me for them to take the time to value teachers
in their commercial,” she said. “It makes me feel valued to know they
care about the work we put in each day.”