Traci Browder, M.Ed. is a trailblazer in education inspiring and mentoring teachers and changing the lives of children for more than 17 years. Traci is known best for her innovative, out-of-the-box teaching style with a mixture of Montessori, gifted/talented, and special services all rolled into one classroom environment. Her Kindergarten classroom is a live learning lab in which teachers in her school district have come to observe her unique style of teaching as well as teachers on her campus.
Why did you become a teacher?
Well, let’s start with this…my mother said when I was young I would be a teacher. What does every kid do? In many cases, they do the exact opposite of what their parents say – only to later realize, their parents were right all along. I went into Corporate America and had the most amazing, high-profile job. After the tragic events of 9-11, I finally answer the call of teaching.
Every kid deserves to have a teacher who loves them, who believes in them, who sees what they are capable of even if they don’t, and brings it out of them. Every student deserves to have rich opportunities, creative learning environments, a space to think freely, to try out ideas, and learn from what did and didn’t work. I believe in children, in parents, in the institution of education, and the truth that there is more to it than what exists. This is why I am a disruptor. My commitment is to disrupt educational normalcy.
I am an advocate and champion for equity. Every student, every teacher, every parent, everyone deserves access to quality education, state-of-the-art resources, technology, infrastructure, access, and opportunities. It’s up to us.
I became a teacher to be part of legacies. The legacy of relationships with families that will last a lifetime, of special moments with children and their families that they remember when they are twenty or thirty years old and of the belief – in themselves, in their dreams. Nothing is impossible.
I am committed to constant growth.
I am committed to building power relationships with students and parents.
My WHY is students’ memories.
I am creating memories.
Memories are stories. Stories are legacies.
I ask myself all the time, what is the legacy I want children to have?
Traci’s Contact Information
Twitter: @TraciBrowder #iheartkids
Twitter: @tracibrowder | @intelligogy | @gritcrewedu
Facebook: @tracibrowder & @tracibrowderMEd
To learn more about Barbara’s story…
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://barbarabray.net
- Podcast: https://barbara.net/podcasts/
- Barbara’s books: https://barbarabray.net/books
- Twitter: @bbray27 #DefineYourWhy #rethink_learning