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Model Teachers: 5th Grade

Model TeacherModel TeacherName: Bradley Farrar
Grade: 5th Grade
School: Lee Hall Elementary
Years Taught: 5


What do you most love about teaching?
The thing I love most about teaching is the relationships that I get to build with my students. I get the opportunity to help them grow and mature as students and as individuals. I love providing students with the opportunity to persist through challenges, overcome adversity, and eventually triumph. I love being about to talk to a student years after they have left my classroom and continue our relationship like no time has passed.

What is the best way to describe your classroom on a typical day?
The best way to describe my classroom on a typical day is one that is full of learning, literacy, problem solving, and fun. A lot of my day is devoted to read alouds, independent reading, and writing. I allow a lot of freedom in my 5th grade classroom and allow my students' interest to guide their reading and writing. I also focus a lot of time on math investigations while allowing students to use manipulatives to show their thinking.

Why do you love working in NNPS?
I love working for NNPS because I get the opportunity to serve a school division that really helped me as a college student. I was fortunate enough to grow as a teacher with the support of other teachers in NNPS and the students of NNPS. I love being able to give back to a district that has given me so much.


Model TeacherModel TeacherName: LaToya Sawyers
Grade: 5th Grade
School: Jenkins Elementary
Years Taught:

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