Without a doubt, Breanna would have been ~ was a great teacher. Some students come and go out of my classes, and I wonder, did I make a difference? Sometimes students come into a classroom, and they make a difference for you. My name is Debby Pinion, professor at Reinhardt University’s Price School of Education. Breanna breezed into my Introduction to Reading class at Reinhardt University with such a vibrant and fun attitude. I start each class with, “What have ya’ll been doin?” She had the funniest stories: pigs in the kitchen, rodeos, friends, stories about her other classes. My class is set up to “Flip the Classroom” meaning that the students research and present different reading strategies.
I tell my students when developing a lesson: What is the Georgia standard? Pretest what your students know. Develop the lesson. Look for fun. Breanna brought the fun. For Dr. Suess’ birthday, she dressed in pajamas and presented the book, “I’m Not Going to Get Up Today.” For her Reading Strategies presentation, Bree chose, “Making Words” and “Interactive Writing” to teach the class. It was interactive, engaging all the students in the class. At Reinhardt, Breanna was a recipient of the "Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship" for Christian young women at the university. Dr. Lydia Ellen Laucella remembers her as being involved, eager, and excited to learn. Breanna volunteered to share a book about leadership that her mom had written. One of the requirements for The Price School of Education teaching degree is to complete “field experience” hours in a local classroom. Bree’s Cooperating Teacher said that she read with students and was always willing to complete tasks as assigned. Bree received all 5’s on her evaluation – the highest score. Without a doubt, Breanna would have been ~ was a great teacher. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Debby Pinion Assistant Professor of Education Reinhardt University