Wednesday, April 30, 2014
For more than 15 years, Rhonda Britton has been teaching children the wonders of science and now she is being honored for her efforts.
Britton – an eighth-grade science teacher at Rosemary Middle School – is one of the five finalists for the title of Georgetown County Teacher of the year.
Before transferring to RMS, Britton was one of the founding teachers at Carvers Bay Middle School, where she taught for eight years. She also taught family and consumer sciences at the former Pleasant Hill Middle School.
When asked why she enjoys teaching, Britton’s response is simple.
“It’s the kids,” she said.
“There is a need for guidance and nurturing” amongst middle school age children.
“We enjoy being there for the kids and helping them to build responsibility and help them motivate,” Britton continued.
She said teaching science “is interesting” because she loves explaining things that cannot be seen.
“Like earthquakes. The students hear about them on the news but it is exciting for me to teach them what takes place inside the earth to make them happen,” she said. “And as a science teacher, I get to brush up on math skills, something I also love.”
Because she has been teaching for so long, she now gets emails and other messages from former students who express thanks for the job she did for them as a teacher.
“It really touches me when I see former students now taking care of me because they are a nurse or sometimes they offer to pay my bill because they are working at a restaurant I visit. It is exciting to see them being productive adults,” Britton said.
During her career, Britton has seen a lot of changes in the classroom. She said when she began, she was the sole person disseminating the information.
“Now, slowly but surely, the kids are taking more interest in gathering knowledge so they can construct an understanding of what is going on,” she said.
When she is not teaching, Britton – mother of an 18-year-old son, Adonis – is part of her family’s baking business: Britton’s Kake Kreations in the Oatland Community.
“I love baking,” she said, adding the business makes cakes for all occasions.
As for being named a Teacher of the Year finalist, Britton said it lets her know she is doing what she is supposed to be doing.
“It is what I have been placed on this earth to do. Instill moral values and to educate.”
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles. The 2014 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a banquet May 8.