by: Tyler Burgos
Susanne Brush, a teacher and mother in Wethersfield, Connecticut, has been selected as Wethersfield Public School’s Teacher of the Year for her great display of being what some may say is a hero. Mrs. Brush is a very outgoing person and loves her job of being a teacher. But, in this case she was more of a counselor for one student who needed help transitioning schools.
Everyone knows transitioning between elementary to middle school can be extremely difficult for some students, but one student was lucky enough to have reached out to a person with a big and caring heart.
Mrs. Brush, a second grade teacher from Highcrest Elementary, was contacted by a previous student to help them with transitioning into Silas Deane Middle School because the student was nervous about the new school and surroundings. The transition between 6th to 7th grade is difficult especially when it involves moving schools.
It was clear in our conversation that, while Brush is an great teacher, she took on the role of “counselor” as well.
Mrs. Brush said, “The 7th grade student had reached out to me saying he was having trouble acclimating to SDMS. so, when Ii had time I talked with his teacher about being able to meet with him during lunch.”
On top of that, she continues her day of teaching her students and then coming home to her kids as well, always being open and willing to help her students and kids with any questions.
However, Mrs. Brush is not just a teacher, she said she enjoys “walks, running, going to the gym and watching my girls’ sports events.” She is always actively involved with her family and is always willing to help another person succeed.
“I also stay after school to tutor sometimes and help kids when they need help.”
When wrapping up, Mrs Brush said, “I didn't really think it [helping this student with the school transition] was a big deal, I always try to make a point to be there for students whenever they need help. That also goes for middle school and high school as well.”
You can truly say that Susanne Brush is the real life wonder woman, living every day with passion and her willingness to help others in need.
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