Martin City Middle School Science Teacher
Teacher of the Year
Growing up one of my favorite memories was playing “teacher” and “church” with my siblings. In my imaginative world, I shaped the lives of my audience through knowledge and hope. During my pretend play as a teacher, I would make my participants work through difficult math problems, maintain strict behavioral rules, and experience tangible rewards for those who stayed on task. I was the one making all the decisions to ensure the participants were learning. I guess I had a small part of the teaching and learning figured out.
My name is Michelle Brown. I have two adult sons Julius age 25 years old and Jonathan 21 years old. I mention my children because it was my role as a mother that inspired me to become a teacher. I felt my talents, compassion, love, and responsibility for future generations could be cultivated and magnified in the world of education. This has been one decision I have yet to regret. Every day in education has provided countless opportunities and experiences to positively impact the lives of others. I believe the education of students is a team effort in which I am privileged to be a part of.
Conn-West Elementary Language Arts Paraprofessional
Support of the Year
I came to the United States when I was 29 years old and I had a big challenge! The English language! I attended community English classes and after that, I moved onto a community college to continue my education. After my experience as an ESL student, I felt in my heart the call to help students break that language barrier and be successful. My years of experience have been working with students learning a second language. I worked at a high school in Garden City, KS with students from different countries and it was a wonderful experience! I have been working in elementary education since 2011 and I really enjoy it! My greatest reward supporting students is seeing their progress and mastering the language. Also seeing a student hit different goals and improve their ability to develop a skill is so satisfying. Seeing kids who come to school not knowing English or having never gone to school can be challenging. My goals are always the same, to help them build their communication skills and to help them succeed in school. My hope is that I will always be able to help my students grow in their learning and also in their personal life.