MADISON – Bria Burnette is 2021 “Teacher of the Year” at Horizon Elementary Faculty.
Burnette has taught totally at Horizon due to the fact her get started in January 2016, initially as a Title I tutor. She then commenced classroom instruction for next- and third-graders. She has sponsored the Horizon Math Staff for 3 yrs and co-sponsored Type Little ones Club.
“I will be continuing my educating journey at Midtown Elementary upcoming college calendar year,” Burnette mentioned.
“My philosophy and mission in educating is to often leave my college students greater than when they discovered me by encouraging them to feel in themselves and be the improve that is essential in our entire world,” Burnette reported. “I educate my learners that they are ‘Change Makers’ — they can make a large effects in their small environment!”
Burnette believes in nurturing her students’ interests and passions, instilling essential self-assurance to become robust audience and leaders and creating a favourable classroom ecosystem for at ease discovering and expanding together.
Each and every working day, her learners declare their class mission statement discuss happy encounters they’ve shared or complications and get started with a morning conference to proclaim encouraging mantras, like “I can do challenging things.”
Showing they do master difficulties, Burnette’s learners learned to edit and develop Google Slides, collaborated with Schoology comment boards, apply whole-human body listening and utilized troubleshooting for technical concerns. Her learners embodied this mantra by telling every other, ‘Don’t give up you can do difficult things” through a calendar year of new product, flipflopping to hybrid mastering or rebuilding a STEM generation.
“Our students are the correct superheroes of this university 12 months,” Burnette said.
“I also make the most of a adaptable-seating design that provides learners some autonomy in the classroom, which enables them to be additional metacognitive about the ways that they study very best,” Burnette reported. “This design has looked very distinct all through this particular university year, but the students worked genuinely tricky to occur up with new and artistic strategies to have at ease, alternative seating alternatives that had been nonetheless protected and maintained social distancing.”
Her philosophy and classroom surroundings will help university student comprehend that she prioritizes their needs — both academic and social-psychological — earlier mentioned all else. “I’m my students’ greatest cheerleader, their finest advocate and a scholar of mine is my pupil eternally,” Burnette said.
Burnette lived in Estill Springs, Tenn. until finally coming into the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She acquired a bachelor’s degree in elementary instruction with a slight in Spanish and Language and Society focus. She is a Countrywide Board Certified Trainer in the area of literacy.
Her spouse Brandon Waller performs as an electrician for H.C. Blake Enterprise. “We have a sweet pet dog named Suki that we really like,” she mentioned.
An avid reader, Bria enjoys a property library of 400-furthermore publications … and normally developing. She shares her passion of reading and regularly suggests books to mates and coworkers. For student people, Bria finds books or series in which they are represented.
Bria likes to travel to go to her family members and invest time with Brandon and Suki.