Meet Brooke Lance, Anderson Two District Teacher of the Year

Today’s #teacherhero is Brooke Lance from Anderson Two.  Brooke is a 4th Grade Math & Science Teacher at Belton Elementary.  Here’s her story in her own words:

“I credit my mother with my love for learning and my desire to become a teacher. With her, learning was never a chore; it was an exciting discovery.

My favorite part of my day is meeting with my students in small groups for math. I am passionate about teaching mathematics through the use of small-group instruction. This approach puts love and relationship-building in the forefront. I am able to meet with each student at least once a week in a small-group setting. Students who need more support or encouragement meet with me more frequently. During this time, we work on filling in gaps, stretching our math knowledge, and engaging in math conversation. Students feel comfortable sharing their questions and answering questions during this time.

A few pieces of advice to future teachers: Be sure to surround yourself with positive fellow teachers. Ask lots of questions. Spend time in other classrooms. Think outside of the box and try new things. Go be a difference maker!

The shared laughter and fun of spending the day being a teacher is wonderful. When you enjoy your job, it transforms from work to a calling. This year, laughter has come from spending time with my students in small-group math playing games that involve Jenga and playing spoons.

Teaching is who I am! It encompasses all parts of my life. I think about my kids, my classroom, and my responsibilities 24/7; I wouldn’t change it for the world!”

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