Alumni Spotlight: Taryn Brodie
Teacher of the Year shares her passion for teaching with others
Taryn McCubbin Brodie ('04) always knew she either wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. She eventually discovered that nursing was not her calling. Fortunately for the second graders at Wetumpka Elementary School in Wetumpka, Ala., she realized that teaching was.
"I consider teaching my ministry," Brodie said. "I feel like I am really accomplishing something in the lives of these children by helping to build their character."
Brodie's dedication, compassion and inventive instructional style are why she was named the Elmore County Elementary Teacher of the Year in January. Having been nominated by her principal and endorsed by Elmore County Superintendent Dr. Jeff Langham ('78), Brodie said the designation was unexpected but was certainly an honor and privilege.
Brodie admits that she works very hard to succeed in the classroom and credits her education professors at Faulkner for instilling in her the desire to constantly improve. Even though she is a seasoned teacher of nine years, Brodie said she is always on the hunt for new ideas and better techniques for her classroom.
"Beg, borrow or steal," she laughingly asserted. That's the mantra Brodie said she follows to keep her instructional practices fresh and creative. It's a concept she said she picked up in her classes at Faulkner.
"Effective teaching techniques should be shared," she explained. "I'm not afraid to ask for help, borrow resources or copy good ideas to improve my teaching."
That desire to pass on best classroom practices is why Brodie returns to Faulkner to inspire the next wave of educators. Often serving as a guest lecturer in Faulknerâ€™s education classes, Brodie shares with future educators her award-winning tips and techniques for effective classroom management and instruction. She also conveys her infectious joy for her chosen profession/ministry.
"Teaching is just so rewarding," she said. "I just can't imagine doing anything else with my life."