Our latest Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Emily Coggins from Deep River Elementary School. After two years as a first grade teacher at Deep River and a tenure as a second grade student teacher, Ms. Coggins is beginning her first year teaching kindergartners. She is excited to make the transition, commenting “I am so excited to start this school year in Kindergarten. Teaching is my passion and I strive to make learning fun!” Ms. Coggins is a graduate of St. Andrews University and holds a degree in Elementary Education, K-6.
Ms. Coggins makes it a point to observe and enjoy the meaningful moments and mileposts that happen every day in her classroom. She notes, “Each day I experience accomplishments that I am so proud of and those would be my students. Every day I see my students learning more and more. I know I have accomplished something when they have those ‘light bulb’ moments during the day, when they do well on assignments or even when I hear them talking to other students about something they have learned. Those are the moments I live for! They (my students) are my best accomplishment.”
In her relatively brief time at Deep River, Ms. Coggins has made her mark. She has served as a Grade Level Chair, a SIT team member and on the Head Teacher Committee. She believes that cultivating relationships with students is the key to helping children learn and grow. Ms. Coggins states, “My philosophy of teaching is that all children are unique and must have an educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. One of the most important tasks as a teacher is to build relationships with your students. Building these relationships will allow you to know more about each student and how to reach those students in order to help them learn and grow.”
Ms. Coggins loves the opportunity to be part of the Deep River Gator family. In her free time, Ms. Coggins spends time with her family and friends, and enjoys travelling.