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Teacher Spotlight: Brittany Farris

Brittany Farris

Jacksboro Elementary School 

2nd Grade Teacher

CCLA Secretary | 2023 TEA Distinguished Educator | 2023 LAT Reading Teacher of the Year

1. How long have you been teaching?

This is my seventh year in the classroom.

2. What inspired you to pursue a career in education?

I was helping my family with a new baby cousin in high school. Showing him things and teaching him new things made me want to help other kiddos. I also have always strived to shatter stereotypes, so being a first-generation high school graduate and first-generation college graduate really made me proud and pushed me to show others they can shatter stereotypes too!

3. What is your favorite thing about teaching or your biggest success story?

My favorite thing about teaching and my biggest success story are both about building relationships with those struggling in classes. I also have my master's in school counseling, so it has aided me in being able to reach those trauma children, behavior children, lower motivated children, and to positively push those who need it. My biggest success is hearing that being in my class has made students love school again! 

4. What challenges do you face in the classroom?

COVID and social dynamics have caused lots of challenges in education. The social emotional needs of kiddos have shifted since COVID. Children need more love, more boundaries, and more social interactions to learn how to interact. I strive to provide these in my classroom daily. 

5. How do Gallopade products or Gallopade Curriculum help you in the classroom?

I love the social studies lessons. My students really seem to engage with it this year. They loved learning about maps. 

6. What is something that every student should know about teachers?

Teachers care even when they are tough on you or reprimanding you. We spend hours thinking about how to help you grow in the year we have you. We miss you when you move on, but we are so proud of your growth!

7. What advice would you impart to a new teacher or someone who wants to become a teacher?

Take time each day to reflect on the good! Days get overwhelming, but the days are all filled with something good. The kids absolutely love you, and you are important to them. Take time to let them see you laugh and smile, especially when things go wrong! 

8. What do you love to do when you're not teaching?

I love to go camping and to spend time with my family. Our favorite trips have been train rides! We love slowing down and spending time together. 

Do you know educators who go above and beyond the call of duty to inspire their students? Nominate them to be our next Teacher Spotlight!


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