Teacher Spotlight: Brooke Grill

Grade(s) Taught:

Subjects Taught:
Right now all, but in the past just science

School Name:
South Suburban Montessori School


Teaching Motto:
That which does not kill you makes you stronger.

How many years have you been teaching?

Who or what inspired you to become a teacher?
Actually many people. My mother who has taught for nearly thirty years now.  She’s amazingly organized and patient. My fifth grade teacher who was so amazingly mean and ill fitted to the career that I vowed to not allow another kid to have a teacher like her.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?
To focus on what good they see in the day or week or month and hold on to it. It may be one kid who just says something nice or a break through with a student who has struggled. Don’t allow the bad to affect how you do your job.

My best day in the classroom was when:
My students threw me a baby shower they completely set up on their own. I was surprised and beyond moved. It was the nicest thing to see middle school students, people that most others write off as unruly or misbehaving get together and plan something like this for me. I cried.

What’s your one must-have item for your classroom?
Overhead projector

If you could have one teacher superpower, what would it be?
Geez this is hard. I’m going to say the power to motivate. The unmotivated kid is my kryptonite and it’s such a challenge to get a child interested in things they just don’t want to be interested in. Sometimes that’s school in general.

What was the last non-academic book you’ve read?
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Zoo keeper or zoo education specialist. I actually did the latter for awhile, but decided on classroom teaching as my calling.

Have a question you’d like to ask your fellow educators?
How do you help a student whose emotional problems get in the way of the learning experience?


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