Meet Brittany Dorsey, Heard County's Teacher of the Year! She teaches second grade at Centralhatchee Elementary School and loves her Terrific Turtles! (See above)
Centralhatchee Elementary School Principal Dawn Bennett nominated Mrs. Dorsey, and says that Mrs. Dorsey goes above and beyond at work and at home. Principal Bennett said, "She communicates daily with her parents, posts activities on her Facebook page, and the kids all love her! You never see her without a smile on her face and a positive word for all that she sees."
Georgia Department of Education: How did you decide to become an educator?
Brittany Dorsey: As a young child, I dreamed of becoming a school teacher. I played school with my friends and stuffed animals. I even set up a real classroom at my house. My dream continued to develop in my junior and senior years of high school as I participated in a work ethics program where I did student teaching at the local elementary school in a variety of grade levels and subject areas.
As my love of teaching and learning became deeper, I realized that teaching was the career for me. I started pursuing my early childhood degree in 2006 from the University of West Georgia. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. Upon graduation, I obtained a pre-k position in a local daycare. In addition to working as a pre-k teacher, I served as a graduate assistant in the University of West Georgia Recreational Department while earning my master's degree in early childhood.
GaDOE: What subjects do you teach?
Mrs. Dorsey: I currently teach second grade reading, language arts, writing, and spelling.
GaDOE: What is your teaching philosophy?
Mrs. Dorsey: I believe that every child is unique, and his or her differences and special characteristics should be acknowledged and praised. My classroom theme is the "Terrific Turtles." I truly believe every turtle counts.
GaDOE: What is one thing you hope students take away from your classroom at the end of the school year?
Mrs. Dorsey: One thing I hope all my students take away from my classroom at the end of the school year is knowing how much I truly love and care for them. I want them to become well rounded citizens of the United States. I hope they always choose kindness when given the chance.
GaDOE: What motivates you to come to the classroom each day?
Mrs. Dorsey: My students' smiles, hugs, and love motivate me to come to school each day. I treat them as if they were my own.
GaDOE: What is one dream you have for your students?
Mrs. Dorsey: I dream that my students will know that they are braver than they believe, stronger than they seem, and smarter than they think.