I Teach Because...

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse.

Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
Jill Brown
Sanborn Elementary School

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Every day when you are a teacher is exciting and new. It does not matter what you have planned there is always something unexpected that leads to new discoveries, more questions or excitement of learning. It is a challenging job. Teaching encourages me to be compassionate, innovative and flexible.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was in elementary school. My own teachers inspired me to teach. My Mom was also a large influence in my desire to work with children. I helped her with her in home childcare during the summer and after school every day. I went to Adams State College to receive my teaching degree.

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
In fifth grade my teacher was Pat Weaver. She went to Hawaii during the school year and when she returned she brought us back souvenirs from her trip. We tried chocolate covered ants and wore shell necklaces that she brought for us. I loved that she thought of my classmates and I on her vacation.