By Brenna Schafer, MHS Student Reporter
Milford High School (MHS) head FFA advisor and animal science teacher Mrs. Judith Bruns earned the Teacher of the Year honor at the school for her outstanding effort to go above and beyond what is expected as a teacher.
“I was shocked, but I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Mrs. Bruns, who began teaching agriculture and animal science classes with MHS in 2004.
Mrs. Bruns, who was born and raised on a farm in Milford, said she has been working with animals practically her whole life. She attended the University of Delaware to be a veterinarian but decided that was not the path for her.
Many people associate Mrs. Bruns with animals because she teaches Animal Science I, II and III, but she didn’t become involved with them until her children took on a project that required them to breed sheep for show. Since then, Bruns has bred and raised Cheviot sheep and cares for several other animals. She also has a variety of animals including rabbits, turtles, ferrets, a snake, chinchilla and even a Chinese water dragon, in her classroom for her students to care for.
Constantly working and always busy helping others, Mrs. Bruns distributes fruit from FFA fund raisers, arranges FFA activities and does much more beyond her daily teaching in the classroom. According to MHS senior FFA member Libby Seaman, Mrs. Bruns always thinks of others and stays determined to try her hardest at everything.
“She has a relationship with other students and creates connections as a teacher and as a friend,” said Seaman.
Mrs. Bruns has two children, a son Adam and daughter Casidhe, who are both MHS alumni. Adam is currently in the military stationed in Afghanistan, while Casidhe graduated last year as the Milford chapter FFA Vice President.