Mrs. Brenda Wertel

Mrs. Brenda Wertel

1st Grade Teacher

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My name is Mrs. Brenda Wertel. I teach first grade at Sunnyside School in the Pulaski Community School District. My lengthy teaching experience, combined with being a mother and grandmother, makes me a truly child-centered individual. I believe that teaching and learning are give-and-take processes, where teachers and students continually learn with and from each other. I work hard with my students to create a community of learners where everyone feels safe, accepted, valued, empowered, and successful. I feel strongly about home-school partnerships in order to maximize student learning. I think it is an honor and privilege to partner with parents in educating children.

Expertise
Early childhood education, integrated curriculum, balanced literacy, educational technology, virtual instruction and learning, digital citizenship and literacy, collaborative learning, Professional Learning Communities, differentiated instruction, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), trauma-sensitive schools, culturally sensitive instruction, and multiple intelligence/learning styles

Degrees
B.S. in elementary education, minors in English and Social Studies, from Northern Michigan University;M.S. in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, English as a Second Language Emphasis, UW-Green Bay

Professional Interests

Sunnyside PBIS Team, Sunnyside Caring Closet, Sunnyside PTO Executive Board (off and on throughout my career), District English-Language Arts Curriculum Committee, District Social Studies Curriculum Committee 

Awards
Multiple nominations for the Golden Apple Award