We are excited to feature our first Educator of the Month, Brittany Ayo from Legacy Traditional Schools. Brittany was nominated by a good friend impressed with her compassionate teaching style and dedication to her students. Learn more about Brittany below!
1. Where do you work, and how long have you been working in education?
I started as a teacher with Legacy Traditional Schools and moved into administration.
2. What made you want to work in education?
The kids! Being an educator is my favorite career and changing lives through education leaving a lasting mark is the ultimate accomplishment.
3. What do you love most about your job?
The impact through problem-solving. The opportunity to innovate, re-engineer and problem solve is my favorite part.
4. What’s your fondest student memory?
Motivating students is always hard, but even more so compounded when the student has other factors against them academically, socially, and emotionally. I was able to connect with one student going through a hard time and provide him with the motivation and confidence to see he was more than what he thought.
At the end of the year, he wrote me, “You were the only one that saw me and asked to help, I had a really hard year and you never stopped, thank you, Ms. Ayo.”
5. How has the pandemic affected your teaching style and what have you done to overcome it?
Expanding on my knowledge of how to leverage technology in the absence of face-to-face instruction and designing it for others has been a good learning opportunity should we encounter this in the future.
6. If you could offer students one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be kind and listen to each other. Yes, you can memorize and study things out of the book but the biggest learning we get from school is learning from each other.
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