2017-09-30 / The Rock

LaRea Bradsher named Teacher of the Week

By Makayla Talley and Genuine Morris By Makayla Talley and Genuine Morris LaRea Bradsher, a math teacher at Person High School (PHS), has been chosen as “Teacher of the Week.”

Neil Sydnor, principal of PHS nominated Bradsher for teacher of the week.

“She has a passion for her students and her content,” said Sydnor. “She has great energy for teaching and becoming a better teacher.”

Bradsher moved from Tennessee two years ago. She worked for a utility company and she was also in the military for 15 years. She gave up the military to marry her husband.

“I would love to go back to the military but as active reserves so I could continue my teaching,” Bradsher said.

Bradsher is a teacher who is active in her community.

She is a committee member for Boy Scouts Troup 288 and she also volunteers at her church and helps at the Kirby during free movie night.

She tries to incorporate real life situations in her math class because she hopes that it will help students later in life after graduation.

“Other than teaching math, my role is to help all students learn that what you learn in school applies to the real world,” she said. ”I want them to see everything ties together.”

“I want my kids to learn that what they do here in class could help them in life.” she said.

To students who are just starting, she gives the advice “respect yourself and respect each other.” She added, ”It may be tough but know it’s OK to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.”

“I originally applied to be an English teacher,” she said, ”but I learned math in the military without really knowing I was learning math. I realized that I can help with my experience.”

Bradsher describes herself in three words “loquacious, inquisitive, and driven. If someone tells me I can’t do something, I’m going to prove them wrong.”

One of her students, Donovan Raymond, a new student to Person High School, said, “She actually puts her time to help by staying after when needed and during class time, she pauses to see if anyone has questions or is lost instead of moving on.”

Raymond said, “She makes me feel comfortable in class and out of class and she’s able to to bounce around really fast when someone needs help independently.”

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