April 17. 2014 - Elizabeth Becraft, a 2009 graduate of Union University’s Teacher Education Program, has been named as Teacher of the Year for Anderson Early Childhood Center. Becraft has worked at the early childhood center as a Kindergraten teacher for the past four years. Anderson Early Childhood Center is located in Haywood County, TN.
In relation to being chosen as Teacher of the Year, Becraft states, “Teaching is a challenging and tiring profession, but I also believe it is one of the most rewarding professions. There are so many ways that I am daily blessed as a teacher. I value and love watching my students learn new skills, make academic improvements, gain confidence, and overcome obstacles in their lives more than any ‘Teacher appreciation’ gift I have or will ever be given.”
Becraft is grateful for the preparation she received from Union University to become a teacher. She states, “I am thankful that the Teacher Education Program required extensive observation hours, practicums, and student teaching, because nothing can prepare you better than having the opportunity to work in real-life situations with students. I was able to apply the strategies and techniques I had learned in my education classes while teaching students one-on-one, in small groups, and in whole class instruction. I am also very thankful for the instruction in learning theorists and human growth and development that was incorporated into every education class.”
Becraft states that effective teaching includes a wide array of characteristics, including traits related to classroom management, content knowledge, and setting high expectations. But, she also believes that effective teachers possess, “unconditional love for their students,” as well as, “understanding that teaching is truly about teaching a child to be a life-long learner and not about meeting benchmarks and attaining a certain proficiency rating on a standardized test.”
Both the Rosebrough Center for Educational Practice and Union University’s School of Education are proud of the accomplishments Elizabeth Becraft. To learn more about Union University’s undergraduate program offerings in Education, please visit: https://www.uu.edu/programs/education/undergraduate/