Can you tell us about yourself?
"Hi, my name is Tawnya Brusstar. I am a teacher at Roosevelt elementary in Mesa public schools district, which is located in Mesa, Arizona. Let's see, my school is loaded located in Mesa at 828 South Valencia and that's Mesa eight five two Oh two or the zip code. Um, I, this is my first year there. I'm completing or finishing my first year of teaching at Roosevelt elementary."
Why did you start a career in education?
""Um, why did I start a career in education? Um, I actually am a 45 and I just finished my master's last year. I've been substitute teaching for, um, about four to five years. And before that worked as an instructional aide. I had gotten my bachelor's in my, in my thirties and my son was still young and I wanted to be home with him and not work full time. And I went into education to be at his school, just a part time kind of waiting for him to get a little older and I fell in love and realized that education embodied so many things that I related to. Um, and I went ahead and became a substitute teacher cause I had my bachelor's. And then, um, I started working towards my masters in elementary education and B came a full time, a certified teacher last year. So that is what led me to that. I just, I fell in love."
If you could have any other job what would it be and why?
"Um, anyways, if I could have any other job, what would it be and why? That's tough. Um, I have two loves creativity and um, people, uh, I really wanted to be a family counselor and education. Um, you kind of are a counselor. You work with students and families so closely that you can't help but try to influence and help and support them in their lives the best you can. And so I feel like with education I get a lot of that. Um, and so, but ultimately I think I would've been a family counselor if I had any other career."
How are kids different now than 30 years ago?
"How are kids different now than 30 years ago? Well, if I compare him to me, they're, they're inside more, they're not outside as much. Um, they're on devices and electronics and not having interactions with people as much. Um, or their interactions or you know, uh, they're filtered through electronic. Whereas when I was a child and 30 years ago, it wasn't like that, um, all the kids were out in the neighborhood playing. Everyone knew everyone and now sometimes you even know your neighbors. So I just think kids, um, are a lot more emotionally disabled. There's a lot more traumas and it effects the way children behave in the classroom. And I think that has become very prevalent in education. It's a big thing I've noticed."
What would you tell someone who wants to become a teacher?
"Um, what would you tell someone right now that is thinking about becoming a teacher? I would tell them that if they are dedicated to students, to children and have patience and are willing, um, to not throw in the towel when things get hard, then become a teacher. Because you really have to love from your heart to be a teacher. It's a hard job. It's rewarding but very challenging. So I would say go for it. Cause we need good teachers. I really would encourage someone to become a teacher if they had their heart was in the right place."
What is one thing you would change to help kids learn better?
"Last question says, what is one thing you would change to help kids learn better? Um, the one thing I would change is teach parents how to structure things at home for, for children. I think if they had more structure in the home and not just in the classroom, they would perform better because it wouldn't be such a drastic change. Kids don't have the same limits today in the home as they did in general, um, when I was a child. So I just think helping parents learn how to structure children's time so that, um, they feel more sense of security both in the classroom and outside the classroom, like, well at their homes. So, um, anyways, I hope these questions worked out well. I look really forward to hopefully getting some free earbuds for my students. Thanks."