TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG
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- a member of the Class of 2017
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Brenda Wilder: Fourth Grade Teacher
What motivated and inspired you to teach? My mom was a teacher and my dad was a principal, so it's in my blood! I grew up understanding the importance of education and the dedication required to teach with passion.
What makes you excited to come to school every day? The nurturing environment, daily chapel services, long-held traditions, and the focus on developing compassionate and responsible citizens are some of the things that drew me to ESD. As teachers, we are blessed with the opportunity to impact lives every day and form positive relationships with colleagues and families that last a lifetime.
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? They are loved, they are special, and they are capable. I push them to be their best because it matters. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard, or as Thomas Edison said, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! Outside of the classroom, I enjoy going to movies and concerts and playing dominoes with friends and family. I am also a die-hard Aggie! I graduated from Texas A&M and love going back to football games in College Station every year. Gig 'em!
What is your favorite book and why? Small Steps by Peg Kehret is my favorite book. It is the inspiring story of a young girl who survived Polio. I read it every year to my students when we study the bones and muscles. It reminds us to appreciate our health, to not take simple things for granted, and to believe in the power of perseverance.
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? Easy...my dad and only my dad. I wouldn't want anyone else there to distract me from soaking up every minute with him. He was an incredibly selfless and self-taught man who died from cancer when I was 23. He lived a life of faith and integrity and is greatly missed.
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