Mrs. Branion teaches Early Childhood Education 1, 2, and 3 at Dutchtown High School.
Some of her strengths: she communicates well with students, she has been told that she is a natural born teacher, she loves teaching early childhood education so it’s very easy for her to teach it, and she loves what she does so it doesn’t feel like she’s working.
According to Ms. Branion, she does have weaknesses she would like to improve. A weakness includes her use of technology in the classroom. She would also like more hours in the day to complete all of her goals. 24 hours are just not enough.
She joined the teaching profession because her parents inspired her quite a bit. Her dad always made sure that she and her siblings excelled in whatever they wanted to be in life. She also wanted to be a teacher for quite some time.
She challenges her students by making them think about what they are doing in real world situations. She believes that sometimes it’s hard for the students to put themselves in that situation because they don’t try and view themselves in that position. Sometimes her challenging them works and sometimes it doesn’t. She often likes to ask them, “What do you want to do vs. what you want to do now?” Mrs. Branion overall challenges them to work hard to work for what they want not only in the classroom, but also in life. She loves seeing lives change and seeing a light bulb go off when the students finally get it.
An accomplishment she has is that she helped some students pull their grades up from 20s to 80s. She said it’s a huge accomplishment because she’s able to let the student achieve the best and to reach their potential even if they don’t want to do it.
She hopes that her students look at her as a good motivator and someone who gave them a lot of encouragement.
by Terry Lam