Bryan County educators gathered once again for the annual Bryan County Teachers Meeting Friday to hear inspirational words and honor the work of the past year.
This year’s speaker Allen Johnson had teachers engaging in the message instead of simply listening. Through interactive participation, Johnson demonstrated how students learn and feel at school.
He demonstrated various techniques and teaching tools to “catch all of the fish” or reach all of the children instead of only reaching the ones who are already excited to be at school.
He talked about the importance of connecting with students and understanding how they learn and what may be impairing their learning experience.
“Students need you. They’ll get your subject. They need you,” said Johnson, emphasizing the need for personal connections between students and teachers.
He also talked about practicing what is being taught and demonstrating how to act even when students are not around.
“If you’re not modeling what you’re teaching, you’re teaching something else,” said Johnson.
The Bryan County Teachers and Administrators of the year were also recognized at the meeting. The Elementary Teacher of the Year award went to Cheryl Dill from Rock Creek Schools.
The Secondary Teacher of the Year award also went to a Rock Creek teacher, Leandra Jestis. Bennington School’s Pam Reynolds was named Administrator of the Year.