Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Emily Coggins of Deep River Elementary. Ms. Coggins is a first grade teacher and has been a Gator for the entirety of her two-year teaching career. She is also Grade Level Chair, a SIT team member and on the Head Teacher Committee. Ms. Coggins holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education (K-6) from St. Andrews University.
Ms. Coggins believes that cultivating relationships with students is the key to helping children learn and grow. “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 makes it a point to observe and enjoy the meaningful moments and mileposts that happen every day in her classroom. “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.”
And when asked if there was any additional information that we should know about Ms. Coggins, she had plenty to say about her career and her Deep River and Lee County Schools families. “I am so proud to be a teacher! It really is the best job ever! Deep River Elementary and Lee County Schools have given me the best opportunity and environment to start my teaching career. I am so thankful to be where I am today!”