Every day, teachers touch the lives of children and their impact extends far beyond the classroom. Although we can’t ever thank them enough for their work, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators who call Xenia home. The following two teachers are recognized for their dedication to Xenia’s students, demonstrated by their excellence in the classroom. In total, we're recognizing eight teachers this week.
Brandi Pagett, 1st Grade Teacher, McKinley Elementary School
Brandi Pagett’s 19-year teaching career has been spent in Xenia. One of the things she loves about teaching in Xenia is the positive support she receives from parents.
Mrs. Pagett is creative and inspiring in the classroom, said Garry Hawes, McKinley Elementary Principal. Mrs. Pagett loves that every day in the classroom is different.
“I love having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students. It is so rewarding,” she said.
After growing up in Xenia and graduating from Xenia Community Schools, Mrs. Pagett felt that teaching would be a great way to give back to her community.
“There are so many amazing people who live in Xenia and this is one way that I can be a positive role model as well as help give students the tools they need to be productive members of this community,” she said.
Xenia students work hard in class even when things are difficult. They are willing to persevere until they get it, she said.
“The students in Xenia never cease to amaze me. I appreciate that students are motivated to learn and are developing into individuals who can positively solve problems that arise,” she said. “The level of questions that my first graders ask shows how inquisitive and thoughtful they are.”
Brittany Phipps, Kindergarten Readiness Teacher, Xenia Preschool
Brittany Phipps has taught for seven years. Her own dislike for school is what drew her to the teaching profession.
“I didn’t like school. I knew I wanted to make learning a fun and authentic experience for kids,” she said.
Xenia teachers have a genuine love for their students and the desire to help, she said. The students she has in class are excited to learn and are curious about the world around them.
“I love to see the students grow and to witness their ‘aha’ moments,” she said.
Mrs. Phipps exudes patience, understanding, kindness, confidence, and expertise in the classroom, said Jean Brady, Preschool Principal.
“Brittany is one of those teachers that you hope your child has every step of their education,” Mrs. Brady said.
In the classroom, Mrs. Phipps ensures that all students receive learning opportunities to meet their needs. The classroom environment she has created is calming and engaging, and students feel confident sharing their thoughts.
“Mrs. Phipps strives every day to provide the best education possible for her students,” said Mrs. Brady.
All of her students met their year-end goals for reading and math.
“Mrs. Phipps is a person who brings joy to others and everyday her generous spirit spreads throughout the building,” said Mrs. Brady.