Teacher of the Year: DeAngela Brown (2016-2017)
In 2007, I received my Associate’s Degree from Savannah Technical College in Early Childhood Education. Then, in 2011, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. Currently, I’m pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Armstrong State University. Within this time period, I had the opportunity to mature and broaden my horizon interacting with children and their families. Several years ago, I began volunteering with abused and neglected children in an organization called CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). After my experience with this organization, I realized the intrinsic reward of working with disadvantage/underprivileged children. My heart’s desire is to work with children; regardless of his/her physical condition, cognitive ability, socioeconomic statues, race, gender, ethnicity or others barriers society has labeled upon him/her. I believe if a child has a solid support system including: caregiver(s), teachers, and other professionals in a community, success is a guarantee. My goal is to assist each student to experience his/her full potential.
Teaching is a lifelong experience that can be measured in a myriad of ways including, but not limited to summative and/or formative assessments. It is my desire to motivate students to take the initiative when mastering a new academic skill, even when he/she may not initially understand all the concepts. It is my goal to empower them with the courage to ask questions instead of becoming paralyzed with fear. What is education? Education should be like a great song; it should never go out of style and should be appropriate for any occasion and relevant to everyone regardless circumstantial situations. Education has competition such as, but not limited to: Negative music of any genera, variety of music videos, addictions (drugs and alcohol) and illegal money. Education is distinguished from the list above because education has no negative side effects, but is highly contagious. If one person who has a serious case of education spends too much time with another who may not have the enthusiasm or is complacent and has become content in meritocracy; those individuals may begin to experience symptoms of education. For instance; they may begin to view themselves differently, they may begin to see themselves from a positive perspective, they may begin to read books, ask questions and establish solutions to problems. Perhaps after enough time has passed, education has caused them to obtain a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a doctorate and eventually, they will infect someone else with an irreversible case of education.