MIDDLE SCHOOL CENTRAL2015-16 Teacher of the Year
SAMUEL FRITZSubject and Grade Level: Band Director
Years of Experience: 17
Excerpt from Teacher of the Year applicationTo 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.