EASTSIDE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Mrs. Taren Madding
Growing up in Sallisaw Public Schools, I can honestly say that every year I had a teacher that totally embodied the meaning of love. Love is what guided their instruction. Love is what fueled their passion for teaching young minds. Love made them utterly unforgettable and I knew that is exactly who I wanted to be.
I truly believe that when a student feels loved, a relationship like no other is formed. With love comes trust, respect, and communication. When I develop these connections with my students, they remember what I am teaching them. They take what they are learning and apply it to real world situations. They know that at the end of the day, they have a teacher who loves them. Every student can learn. It’s not a matter of their ability, but the length that the teacher will go to provide meaningful opportunities for them to grow. Every day I strive to create this environment for my students.. I want my students to know that I love them, and that I care. I want to be the one they call in 10+ years to just catch up on life. I want to be memorable, and unforgettable. If I can make those connections at a personal level, then learning is inevitable.