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Brittany Williams, '09

 

Current Job:

 

I currently teach Algebra I and Geometry to 9th and 10th graders, and I love it! I am the freshman class advisor, and I serve as a leader for the Diakonos service group.

 

I coach women’s tennis, and chaperone many trips and other activities throughout the school year. These trips include Moody Founder’s Week, Winter Girl’s Retreat, Diakonos spring break service trip and the summer missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

Education after Messiah:

 

 

I have taken two graduate level classes, but I have not yet chosen a particular program. That is one of my goals for this coming year.

Preparation for Teaching:

 

The education department at Messiah does a tremendous job preparing teachers. The field experience and student teaching semesters helped me to understand what becoming an excellent teacher looks like, and the courses like Educational Psychology and Instructional Design helped me become an excellent teacher. The math department also prepared me by teaching me how to help my students have a growth mindset and how to teach them to reason. The strength in these programs at Messiah lies in the faculty, and in my opinion, I could not imagine a place with a better set of instructors.

 

Favorite Messiah Memory:

 

One of my favorite memories at Messiah is kayaking down the Yellow Breeches with my friends. The Yellow Breeches is definitely one of the things that sets Messiah College apart from other schools.  

 

What She Loves about Teaching:

 

I love my students. They have so much energy and passion, and it’s fun trying to channel that energy and passion toward academics. I love finding new ways to explain math concepts. It brings me joy when I see that those new ways help students remember and recall what they have learned.

What it Means to be A Christian Educator in a Professional Setting:

 

In my professional setting, being a Christian means being authentic in the classroom and outside the classroom. It means doing all things for the sake of God’s glory, and this ranges from putting lesson plans online to taking service trips to the Dominican Republic. The most important and frequent way I can minister and witness to my students is through my actions. I want them to see Christ in me which is why I obey His commands with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives inside me.

 

 

 

 

 

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