Annie Viviant

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GAINESVILLE EXPLORATION ACADEMY TEACHER OF THE YEAR: ANNIE VIVIANT 

Question:
What would you say your best teaching strategy is? 

Answer: I honestly believe that my best teaching strategy is simply being compassionate and understanding. You never know what is going to happen each day or what complications may arise and you may not know what others are going through. You can't always prepare for the unexpected so I always tell myself just to go with it and do my best help others and be there for them when they need me. No matter what happens just keep going and remember to be kind and understanding to others.

Question:
What do you teach? 

Answer: Media Specialist/ Technology/ Coding

Question: Have you always taught that?

Answer:
No, In the past I have taught Kindergarten, Self Contained Special Education and Resource Special Education.

Question: Why is this what you wanted to teach? 

Answer:
I enjoy using and learning about different types of technology and I wanted to share this love with students. I enjoy working with children and developing a connection with them and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves. I also enjoy helping other teachers and this position gives me the opportunity to do what I love and work closely with other teachers to make them more successful as well.

Question:
What led you to choose to teach this age group? 

Answer: I have always enjoyed working with young children . They are so loving and kind and I truly enjoy the energy that they bring to the classroom. Elementary school children are always eager to learn and to make their teacher proud of them. 

Question:
What do you feel is the most important thing to have in your classroom? Why? 

Answer: I believe the most important thing in any classroom is empathy. We have to be able to understand that our students and our co-workers come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life...and though we may not be able to relate to them on a personal level, we should be able to understand that their lives may be different from our own. We are here to get the most out of our students and you have to be able to have empathy and show compassion for them when they need it. This will create an environment of trust and understanding. 

Question:
What is your favorite thing about teaching? 

Answer: I love seeing students surprise themselves when they do something they thought was impossible. Whether that is learning to read, learning to code, learning to write, I just love seeing them proud of their achievements.

Question:
What makes your school special? 

Answer:
I believe my school has high expectations for our students and expects them to do their best. We encourage each other and try to offer help when needed. We have excellent and very knowledgeable teachers who really love our students and dedicate themselves to making our students successful and prepared for the future.

Question: 2020-2021 was a year like no one has ever experienced, with many challenges and yet, you were selected as the Teacher of the Year. What do you think was a differentiator for you and your classroom especially in the wake of COVID?

Answer:
Our Media Center was changed drastically last year and we were not even able to open for students to come in. We decided that this was no excuse and that our students and teachers  should still have access to all the books and materials they needed. My assistant and I made sure students were still able to check out books by letting them "request" books in an online format and we would deliver them to their classrooms. I was also able to go to classes to teach my lessons rather than the students coming to me. This helped me to get to know the teachers better and offer my assistance whenever they needed it. Being out in the classrooms gave me a better understanding of what our teachers needs were and the dynamics in the classroom environment. 

Question: What is the best way for parents to support our teacher's? 

Answer: I believe the best way for parents to support teachers is by also holding their children to the high expectations that we do at school. Parents can also stay in touch with the teachers and become a part of their child's education as well. Teachers need the support at home from the parents to really increase student achievement in the classroom. If the students know that their parents and teachers are on the same page, their work ethic and accountability will improve!

Question: How can students show their appreciation? 

Answer:
Just by telling the teacher how much they mean to them. Nothing makes you feel as good as when a student tells you that you have made a difference in their life. That is really the ultimate goal of a teacher is to make a lasting impact on their students...to not be forgotten and to be appreciated for what they do. 

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