ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook
School teachers do not like interruptions in their classrooms when they are teaching. Some distractions are good. East Texas Baptist University alum Bethany Bradley was involved in teaching her seventh grade reading class when she heard the Bonnette Junior High (Deer Park ISD) fight song being played in the hallway.
Bradley shared, “The symphonic band came marching down the hall to our fight song and interrupted class. My principal had a bouquet of flowers for me.”
Why the interruption? Bradley, who graduated from ETBU in 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Reading, was being presented the Teacher of the Year Award for Bonnettee Junior High. The Pullman, Washington native will now be nominated for the Deer Park ISD Teacher of the Year Award.
This is her third year teaching at Bonnette and she taught three years prior in the Cy-Fair ISD. Bradley enjoys the relationships she creates with her students and the celebration of growth as they learn.
Her fondest memory of her days on the Hilltop, “ETBU’s education program offered so many different opportunities to be in so many different classrooms. Without that, I wouldn’t be teaching middle school, I would be in lower elementary having no idea I would have missed out on the fun age of middle school. One of my professors, Dr. Paul Vickers actually forced me to try middle school, knowing I would fall in love, and he was exactly right.”
In the essay Bradley wrote as part of the Teacher of the Year process she writes:
“Teaching is about making a difference, building confidence that never even existed before, and finding ways to make each other better no matter what we are doing. My heart beats for students who have had a rough life, who have to work harder than the average Joe to keep up, who think they hate to read and write, for it is with these students that the planted seeds sprout and blossom to the surprised delight of a cynical world. When my year is done with each of these loves, I will send them on with the hope that each will continue to bear fruit, to their own satisfaction and the benefit of their families, friends, and associates.”