Local educator Joyce Bryan.

Subject you teach: I teach First Grade

School: Haviland Grade School

Hometown: Originally from Denver, Colorado but Haviland has been home most of my adult life

Education: I started college at Barclay College and finished at Sterling

Family: husband, DeWayne, employed at Pratt Regional Center, oldest son, Paul married to Autmum, lives in Iowa, self employed and has 5 children.  Royce, married to Shari, works at Barclay College and has 2 children

Interests and hobbies: I enjoy quilting, handwork, playing the piano and organ at church and reading. 

Why did you decided to become an educator?

I became an educator because I loved teaching.  My first “student” was my younger brother, I was 10 and he was 5!  He tells everyone I taught him to read by “playing” school.  

Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how? 

One of my college professors at Sterling inspired me to always go the second mile.  She never told us how to teach, she modeled it.

Who is someone in current events who you admire and why?

I have always admired Laura Bush for her steadfastness during difficult times for her husband and our country. 

What are the greatest challenges in education today?

Our biggest challenge is the changes happening to our families. Education starts home, is nourished at home, and supported through the home.  Unfortunately, for more and more families this isn’t happening.  We are a very busy society and our family life is suffering. 

What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education?

Love being with kids and watching them grow, get a good education, and be willing to be a lifetime student yourself

What teaching moment is most memorable?

One year a student that came to my third grade classroom had just spent some time in a foster home before being placed full time in his father’s care.  For Christmas that year he brought me a present, a little stuffed animal.  When I thanked him, he told me he wanted to give it to me because it was given to him by his foster mother!  It was so touching to me.  I still have it.