Kristen Blizzard has been named Teacher of the Year for Mispillion Elementary in Milford. Her teaching career began in Milford sixteen years ago, when she began teaching at Lulu Ross Elementary. Blizzard transferred to Mispillion Elementary when it opened in 2011 and is currently teaching first grade. Throughout her time in the district, she has taught grades 1 through 5. Blizzard obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her Masters in Literacy from Wilmington University.
“My favorite thing about teaching is helping students to succeed,” said Blizzard. “When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband, Jason and I, have a total four kids.” Her two children Lydia and Hunter attend Mispillion.
Coming from a family of farmers, she explains t0 her students that she is simply continuing the family tradition. “This sometimes confuses them, but then I explain to them that I am a farmer because I grow brains.” Said Blizzard. “I chose teaching because I wanted to make a difference and help kids; teaching allows me to do both.”
Being named Teacher of the Year, Blizzard felt “extremely humbled, grateful, and overjoyed all at the same time. I work closely with many amazing teachers, parents, and students and I recognize the role they have all played in making this special moment happen.”
Her favorite part of being a teacher is that every day there is a new opportunity to make a difference. “The best feeling in the world is watching a student have an “Ah-Hah” moment when they discover something new or finally understand something they have been struggling to grasp,” said Blizzard. I feel so excited for them and I am happy I was able to play a small role in the moment.”
Her biggest challenge as a teacher is “shutting my brain off teacher mode.” Even on her own time, she is constantly analyzing lessons taught, planning next steps in the classroom and worrying about her students. Blizzard wants the community to know that for most teachers, this is just part of the passion behind the profession She also wants families to understand that they play a critical role in a child’s development and educational career.
“Teaching definitely comes from the heart. Our days do not end when our students leave on the school buses,” Blizzard commented. “However, parents are their child’s first teacher and we could not do our jobs without our partnership with parents.”
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