May 8, 2017
For Andrew Brown, teaching isn’t limited to lesson plans and class projects. He hopes his job as a second-grade teacher at Tecler Elementary School makes an impact far beyond the classroom.
“I wanted to impact lives every day and be a positive role model for children,” Brown said. “I think back to some of the great teachers I had when I was younger, and now I’m relaying the positive messages that I learned from them.”
A teacher of eight years, Brown, currently in his fourth year of teaching in the Greater Amsterdam School District, says the learning goes both ways in his classroom.
“The kids keep you young, they keep you motivated to keep learning as a teacher,” Brown said. “I do things a little different every year because I’m learning and growing with them.”
One of Brown’s favorite memories of his time in the district includes Tecler’s annual pie-tossing fundraiser, where students and staff raise money for the opportunity to pie their favorite teachers in the face. The end-of-year fundraiser benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York.