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  • Milford teacher finds inspiration in her students

  • Milford High School Agriscience Teacher Judith Bruns has been sharing her love of science for 17 years and is now up for nomination as the 2014 Delaware Teacher of the Year, alongside 19 other Delaware educators. But Bruns said it’s the students that keep her so involved in her teaching career, as she not only forms mea...
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    • MORE ABOUT BRUNS
      HOMETOWN Milford

      EXPERIENCE: Teaching for 17 years; has taught agriscience and/or physical science at Smyrna High School, Dover High School, Sussex Central High School and Mi...
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      MORE ABOUT BRUNS
      HOMETOWN Milford
      EXPERIENCE: Teaching for 17 years; has taught agriscience and/or physical science at Smyrna High School, Dover High School, Sussex Central High School and Milford High School.
      FAMILY Son, Adam, 21; daughter, Casidhe, 19.
       
      FAVORITES:
      FOOD Mexican
      MOVIE “Dead Poets Society,” “Star Trek” and “Harry Potter”
      SUPERHERO Batman
  • Milford High School Agriscience Teacher Judith Bruns has been sharing her love of science for 17 years and is now up for nomination as the 2014 Delaware Teacher of the Year, alongside 19 other Delaware educators. But Bruns said it’s the students that keep her so involved in her teaching career, as she not only forms meaningful relationships with her students, but they provide her with inspiration to continue working hard to share her knowledge with future generations.
     
    Q: What is the most inspiring part of your job as a teacher?
    A: That one is easy, it is my students. When they succeed at something they never thought they could, when they take what I have been able to teach them and apply it to their real-life situations, then I am inspired.
     
    Q: What is the most difficult part of your job as a teacher?
    A: The most difficult part of my job is that there are simply not enough hours in the day. Between developing engaging lessons, grading the results of those lessons, and being an FFA advisor, it often seems like I need a few more hours before the end of the day. However, each of those activities is so important, there isn’t anything I would give up.
     
    Q: What advice would you give those considering a teaching career?
    A: Try it, you may just love it. Really, I never had any aspirations of being a teacher, and yet when pushed by a college advisor to try this major I found my calling. I can’t imagine doing anything else right now, I love coming to work each day to work with my students, FFA members and co-workers. If you do become a teacher, treat every student like they are your star student − the best in the class, and often the work that they give you will be some of their best.
     
    Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add about your experiences as an educator?
    A: I think it is important to remember that we are preparing our children for their future, whether that future is a career in the civilian or military world, or college, our students need to look at school as on-the-job training. The curriculum isn’t the only thing that we are trying to teach our students, school also works on teaching society rules such as being on time, completing a task, and the importance of good attendance. All of these skills are vital to both career and college preparedness.
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