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TEACHER TUESDAY: HANNAH BARD

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Hannah Bard is one of WC’s third-grade teachers, and has been a member of the faculty since 2018. She is also the girls golf coach.

How would you describe your teaching style? “My teaching style is very relational. In my classroom, it is important for me to treat students like they are people. The more I know about each child, the better it equips me to help them in the classroom.”

What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “Because I do a lot of small group work, finding the right way to differentiate for each student can be challenging. God made us all unique, which means that it is okay for students to learn in different ways. Most students can’t just process auditory learning, so it is important for me to work in small groups with them to slow down or break down content for them to better understand. Finding fun ways to learn in a controlled, monitored setting helps students build confidence and better understanding.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “The most rewarding aspect of my work is when students can work independently and explain the why, the process, or the end result–I know they have mastered the content and can continue to build on their knowledge. Once they have built a baseline, then we can dive in to think more deeply and independently about concepts that could have been originally challenging for them.”

How do you incorporate faith and learning in your class? “Life is full of challenges. We are challenged in relationships, school, and the things that we learn. Sometimes, our challenges aren’t the same as others, and it is okay to recognize this. We were so uniquely created that we all bring something so special to the table, that makes our connection and chain grow stronger each day through Him. It is important to me that my students recognize this and own their uniqueness; that we are created to help support others around us and to spread love and compassion for all.”

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