TEACHER FEATURE: Anne Marie Bryant
Degrees and Certifications:
Anne Marie Bryant
Denzel Washington School of the Arts
Fordham University Masters of Science in Teaching (Full Fellowship)
Lehman College Bachelor of Arts
How did your experience as a student influence your teaching style?
I was fortunate enough to have a high school history teacher that decided to make the class more culturally relatable during a time when that part of history was ignored. As a student, it motivated me to become far more involved in class discussions. I believe that experience had a positive impact on my life. As a result, I have spent a lot of time developing materials and working with literature that is both relatable and exciting. I feel it is important for students to see themselves represented in literature in order to give them a sense of belonging and to build their self-confidence.
What has been the biggest lesson you have learned in your years of teaching?
That lesson planning and curriculum is important, but building relationships with children and families to have more insight into their lives is just as important. It enabled me to understand my students and create relationships with students and their families that have lasted over the years.
What do you love most about your role in the Mount Vernon City School District and why?
That I get to work with children who never cease to amaze me with their gifts and talents. Mount Vernon has students that produce greatness in academics, arts, and sports. They are so unique and, at the same time, able to overcome obstacles with the strength and resilience that builds character and produces future leaders. I am so proud to be a part of that legacy.
What aspect of your job inspires you the most and why?
Working in a visual and performing arts building has inspired me because our students are so passionate about the arts. I see the positive impact it has on their academics. It enables them to expand their imagination and find their own voices in my class. They are highly motivated and open to new and engaging experiences. Being surrounded by the arts brings a new level of enthusiasm when having discussions about the characters in a novel or exploring history using a variety of multimedia techniques. Also, having a certain amount of freedom to design my lessons to help my students think creatively and engage them in lively discussions. It is very inspiring to see their critical thinking skills developed when the arts and academics work together for student success.