Rebecca Creel

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CENTENNIAL ARTS ACADEMY TEACHER OF THE YEAR: REBECCA CREEL


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

Answer: The best teaching strategy that I use in my classroom is cooperative learning where the students have the chance to talk and think critically with each other.  

Question: What do you teach? 

Answer: I teach second grade at Centennial. 

Question: Have you always taught that? 

Answer: I have taught third and fifth grade before. 

Question: Why is this what you wanted to teach? 

Answer: I chose to teach because I want to live a life of service, especially for children.  Teaching in a Title I school that serves a large population of ESOL students affords me the opportunity to meet the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of students and their families in the classroom and beyond. 

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

Answer: I feel led to teach at the elementary level because it is where it all begins.  I have the ability to instill a love for learning and set a strong foundation for a child’s success in the future, academically and socially.

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

Answer: Diet Coke!  In all seriousness though, I think the most important thing to have in a classroom is the connections you have with the students.  I believe that it is really important to build positive relationships with your students so that they feel loved and supported. 

Question: What is your favorite thing about teaching? 

Answer: This may seem cliche or kind of obvious, but truly, I love working with kids. I love their curiosity and love of learning. The kids in my room each year are still by far my number one reason for what I do and my favorite thing.  

Question: What makes your school special? 

Answer: Centennial is special because we have such a caring staff that works tirelessly to support our students and community. 

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:
It takes all of us working together to have a successful school year and I am really proud of the way we have all worked together to overcome challenges during this pandemic.  I am honored and blessed to be a small part of an amazing team.   

Question:
What is the best way for parents to support our teachers? 

Answer: Good communication is key. Parents and teachers working together as teammates is the best way to support our schools and students. 

Question: How can students show their appreciation?

Answer:
Students can show their appreciation by showing up each day and being eager to learn and willing to help their peers.  It always rewarding to see students helping each other learn by either showing and/or explaining their thinking to their classmates.  It's neat to see the students paying it forward to their peers.  

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