San Jose Sharks March 2022 Teacher of the Month
Luigi Aprea Elementary; Gilroy Unified School District
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Brittany Winn and this is my tenth year in education. I was a fifth grade teacher at Luigi Aprea Elementary School. Over my career, I have had the opportunity to develop curriculum, assessments, lead professional developments and help coach teachers as an Assistant Principal in San Jose. I have become a campus leader throughout my career because of my ability to build relationships with colleagues and brainstorm innovative ways to teach and differentiate for students through sharing lessons and best practice strategies. These last few years working for Gilroy Unified School District, I have had the opportunity to pilot the Science Curriculum and work with amazing teachers to build pacing for the district for English Language Arts, Math and Science. I have helped gain a deep understanding of the standards, come up with innovative lesson plans in order to best support our EL population and dive into our data to differentiate and create small group objectives. Being an Assistant Principal in the past has given be a different perspective on the outcomes and aspirations that I want to see in all students. I want to ensure that our students develop a passion for learning and reading, curiosity, confidence to advocate for themselves and their beliefs and critical thinking skills. As well as focusing on academics, I want to ensure that we build values within our students such as respect, responsibility, fairness, kindness and citizenship. I believe that we can achieve this through modeling, building relationships with students and parents, collaboration, and guiding students to problem solve. I have in the past petitioned for grants and received them for STEAM connections in the classroom. My favorite was our Lego Robotics program that students were able to build designs and test them by plugging them into the computer to see their engineering creations come to life. I place value on the importance of self-reflection, and try to inspire others everyday by providing opportunities to demonstrate and recognize their own and others’ strength and potential. It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate yet driven teacher.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
Brent Burns. He is so dynamic when he plays. His passion shines through and inspires others.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
My favorite part is that it is engaging and challenging for the students. It engages students in Science and Math with real world tasks and challenges. I love that it gives engineering and math components with angels, degrees, averages, mass, acceleration, etc.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
Goalie. I would love having the power to stop goals and inspire my my team with my energy and tenacity.