Teacher of the Week: Sarah Brown

Teacher of the Week: Sarah Brown

Meet SARAH BROWN, who's living her dream of small-town teaching every day at Fisher Elementary.

"I was lucky to grow up in small-town Mahomet," says the first-grade teacher. "When I graduated from Illinois State University, I was trying to find a town similar to the one I grew up in. In my interview (at Fisher), I could tell it was going to be a good fit."

Here's more from the first News-Gazette Teacher of the Week winner of the 2018-19 school year.

I like teaching in a small district because ... everyone really supports each other here. I really love that everyone knows each other, as cliche as that sounds. Everyone is there to help if you need something. In a small district, I know I can depend on other teachers to help. I don't have any reason to leave.

If you walk into my classroom, you'd notice ... my theme is superheroes, so my whole room is covered in superheroes. And I tell my kids they're going to become a superhero — a reading superhero or a math superhero, etc. I love music; I love playing music in the morning when they're working. We'll have classical music on. We have fun music if we need to dance it out. That's a daily thing. So far, "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake is the favorite.

I ended up teaching first grade ... because I wanted a job, no matter what. I only student taught in second and third grades. When I graduated, I never expected to go lower. Now that I'm here (in first grade), I could not imagine a different grade. It's so fun.

One thing I like about teaching at Fisher is ... they're pretty humble for how hard the teachers work — we have some hardworking teachers here. I think a lot of people forget how hard teachers really work. I'm here 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., per my contract, but you're always on the job. I love that, actually. I don't want people to think that's negative, because I love this job so much. It's not work for me. When I have to grade or do my lesson plans, even though I might be working into the evening, I feel like the work we do is worth it.

For a good time ... last year, we got to do a balloon pop for a countdown for each day. I would pop a balloon, and there would be something inside — so they don't know what it is. Each day is a different thing — one day, we did bubbles outside, and one day we did sidewalk chalk. It's the way to end the year. Parents donated stuff last year for it. We even have a pizza party.

Submit your nominations

On Wednesdays, we’ll spotlight an area educator who is making a difference in the classroom and community. To nominate, email N-G schools writer Lyndsay Jones at ljones@news-gazette.com or tweet her (@__lyndsayjones).

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