Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Wendy Bryant Motley of Broadway Elementary School. Mrs. Bryant Motley is a K-5 visual arts teacher and has been a Wildcat for 15 of her 20-year teaching career. She’s also the co-chair of the Recycle Rangers, Beautification Committee and AVID team committee.
Mrs. Bryant Motley is National Board Certified in early and middle childhood visual arts education, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University and is currently enrolled in UNC-Greensboro Graduate School of Administration in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (PPEERS).
The teaching philosophy Mrs. Bryant Motley uses stems from Confucius in the fact that students are ultimately responsible for their own learning and through this responsibility, their futures are shaped. “It is our responsibility as educators to provide experiences and opportunities that foster growth and assist students in learning how to think. I work with my students using AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) discussion and inquiry methods to arrive at a solution to a problem. As a facilitator, I lead students to answers rather than giving them answers. Like Confucius, I believe that it is important to listen to students and understand how they think and feel. This allows me to differentiate, individualize and plan instruction according to students’ individual needs.”
Mrs. Bryant Motley’s proudest teaching accomplishment is developing and implementing a standards-plus visual literacy intervention program for the first grade generalist.
Peers of Mrs. Bryant Motley would describe her as “passionate,” “dedicated,” “eclectic” and “creative.”
Spending time with her family, creating with her son, practicing yoga, reading and anything nature/water related are things Mrs. Bryant Motley likes to do in her free time.
In addition to all of that, Mrs. Bryant Motley is also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for key women educators, the 2015-16 Lee County Schools Teacher of the Year, the 2016-17 North Carolina Arts Educators Association Visual Arts Educator of the Year and a 2017 Graduate of Sanford Leadership Academy.