Brushy Creek Teacher of the Year: Stephanie Kaynes

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“I know with every cell of my body that I am meant to be a teacher,” Kaynes said. “As a teacher I do not just teach the content, I teach the whole child. I want my students to be excited and engaged in their learning and for them to seek out new learning opportunities.”

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]brushy_creek_TOY_pageStephanie Kaynes always knew in her heart that she was destined to become a teacher, and although her path may have had a couple of twists and turns along the way, she ended up right where she knew she belonged — in the classroom.

Kaynes has been selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Brushy Creek Elementary. She has been an educator for 14 years with one of them being in her current position as a first grade teacher at Brushy Creek.

Igniting her passion for education was a program she participated in when she was in elementary school called the “Friendship Club.” The club paired up students from her class with special education students. Building those friendships and later working at a Montessori school during college teaching daily living skills to students with disabilities just reinforced what she knew all along.

“I know with every cell of my body that I am meant to be a teacher,” Kaynes said. “As a teacher I do not just teach the content, I teach the whole child. I want my students to be excited and engaged in their learning and for them to seek out new learning opportunities.”

Her teaching philosophy is to encourage her students to set goals for themselves and to remind them as much as possible that they are only competing against themselves. She tries each day to reduce the amount of negative self-talk in class and “The Power of Yet,” which promotes self-confidence and positive thinking.

“As I enter my classroom each day I set my expectation that I will show nothing but kindness and respect to my students,” Kaynes said. “I want students to view school as a safe environment where they can take risks in their learning. In summary, making a positive difference in the lives of children, as well as having students reach their full potential is what drives how I instruct each day.”

Her positivity has spread across the campus, Brushy Creek Principal Valerie Tidwell said. It’s helped the campus flourish and continue to grow in achievement each year.

“Stephanie Kaynes exemplifies excellence,” Tidwell said. “She is positive, enthusiastic and genuinely loves her work. I’ve come to think of her like a Queen Bee because without her, our hive would not thrive. She drives change by being an enthusiastic learner, which inspires others.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGY0ZnSW9oLVJKUUklMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]