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Model Teachers: 3rd Grade

Model TeacherModel TeacherName: Brittany Fiscus
Grade: 3rd Grade
School: Sanford Elementary
Years Taught: 3


What is the best way to describe your classroom on a typical day?
On a typical day, I would describe my classroom as being full of active readers. I try to encourage my students to pick up a book any time they are done with an assignment or are waiting patiently to talk to me. I like to read a book from a series to grab my students’ attention and encourage them to continue reading the remainder of the series. In my classroom, I have a couch that has been a hit since my first day of teaching. Students love finishing their work so they are able to read on the couch. I try to make my room relaxing and inviting so that students feel relaxed enough to want to read a book on their own free time.

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
I feel like I’ve learned a lot in the 3 years that I have been teaching because of those teachers that have opened up their classroom or their knowledge of a topic to help me. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t get help and support from fellow teachers. I am looking forward to guiding and influencing my colleagues by sharing new ideas they can bring back to their classrooms to try.

Why do you love working in NNPS?
Newport News has given me many opportunities to grow as a teacher. There have been numerous times I have received personal invitations to participate in PDs that will help me grow, not only as an individual, but as a member of my team in the process.  At any given moment, I know that I can email for support when needed, and the person I reach out to is more than willing to offer the help.

Model TeacherModel TeacherName: Olivia Anderson
Grade: 2nd Grade
School: Palmer Elementary
Years Taught: 3


What do you most love about teaching?
The thing that I love most about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love learning about each child’s strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, and their thinking process.  These relationships allow me to connect with my students on an individual level so we can celebrate their academic achievements as well as push through any struggles throughout the school year together.

What makes NNPS a great school division?
NNPS is a great school division because of the people, the resources, and the support team.  Whether you are in a classroom, a team planning meeting, or at a professional development, there is always a friendly face nearby who shares my enthusiasm and passion for education.  NNPS also provides its teachers with excellent resources. One of my favorite resources is the online curriculum, where teachers can go to for lesson ideas and pacing guides. Additionally, the support team at NNPS is phenomenal.  The instructional coaches, mentors, grade level leads, administrative personnel, and information technology staff are always available to assist NNPS teachers in any way they can.

What two words best describe you as a teacher? Why?
The two words that best describe me as a teacher are determined and positive.  I am determined to be the best teacher that I can be for my students, which means I am always willing to learn and try new things!  I am also a very positive teacher with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for education.  My positivity allows me to stay focused throughout the year on the important things and also helps my students and colleagues stay positive too!

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