Carmel is excited to announce that our 2016 – 2017 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Dianne Bussey.
Congratulations Mrs. Bussey!!
Mrs. Bussey shared the following regarding her nomination:
“I am so honored to represent Carmel Elementary, the best school in Cherokee County. This is year 31 in my teaching career, 28 of which have been spent in Cherokee County. In 1989 my husband and I relocated to Cherokee County and I was hired to teach at Chapman Elementary School. When Chapman became Carmel Elementary, I became a proud Carmel Colt. Along the way I have taught first grade, second grade, third grade, and, most recently, EIP reading and math.
Throughout my career I’ve learned some valuable lessons. First, I had a daughter. That was an eye-opener. Learning to view education from both the side of a parent and a teacher was a valuable lesson. I think Anna made me a more compassionate teacher. As a family I learned that juggling school, sports, church, etc, can be very difficult. And while we value education in my family, I also learned that those other things help complete my child and make her the best individual possible. It also helped me develop greater compassion for students who find school challenging. Learning looks very different from one student to the next. As such, I have to remember that it is my job to make sure students have more than one way to be successful.
Another lesson is that the curriculum will change. Over and over and over. Every few years someone comes up with the next great answer for teaching students and making them successful. The truth is student success is never a magic curriculum or presentation model. Each student is unique. All have strengths and weaknesses, good days and bad, accomplishments and challenges. It is important to connect with students and learn what they need at the moment to be successful. So many aspects of teaching go beyond what is written in the lesson plan for the day. Each moment is a chance to ask questions and learn what a student is thinking or feeling. Each day is filled with opportunities to pause and make a difference in a student’s life. It may be explaining long division in a different way, providing another example of a problem, teaching a new strategy to decode that difficult word, or just listening to a story of what happened to them last night. All are important. It means I get the chance to make a difference every day. How wonderful, amazing, and powerful!! It is my hope that I remember this daily and let it guide my actions so that my students leave feeling empowered, confident, and worthy. And if they feel that, they will learn and succeed.”