2015-16 Teacher of the Year

    Samuel Fritz
    Subject and Grade Level: Band Director

    Years of Experience:

    Excerpt from Teacher of the Year application
    To me, teaching is important because:

    Teaching students how to struggle, adjust, and persevere gives them skills to achieve greatness not only band class, but life after middle school.  Through experience and extensive reading, I have adopted a growth mindset philosophy that shapes my teaching.  Using a growth mindset, I can teach students that failure is never final.  Success is achieved by having the courage to continue on, one glorious mistake at a time. Students learn that failure is not only acceptable, but also expected in the pursuit of excellence.  This growth philosophy has heightened my passion for teaching and ability to make a difference.