Hometown Hero: Dr. Brittany Anderson
“I always think about in the back of my head, ‘how would I want someone to handle this if this were my son and so I think about that whenever I am working with any children.’ "
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - “It’s very humbling to hear those kind words. Education now is really tough. There’s a lot that’s going on,” said Bluefield Primary principal Brittany Anderson.
“Myself and my teachers included we do the best that we can to make every day the best day for the kids that come into our doors.”
The Greenbrier County native overcome with emotion as she heard the nomination letter celebrating the gift she gives our children.
“They are happy tears. They are very happy tears,” said Anderson, “I knew that the path that I wanted to make a way for myself and I wanted to be an example for other students. It doesn’t matter where you come from or how you are raised education is your ticket out the door.”
Anderson is a product of a West Virginia education--Greenbrier County Schools in particular.
“There where certain things I know teachers did for me and I look back now as a teacher and I appreciate that,” said Anderson.
“There where certain things that maybe they weren’t suppose to do at the time and I go, ‘they did that for me; they did that to help me out.’”
The Concord graduate always knew she would work with children.
“When I graduated from high school I was actually on track to go into the medical field and I just didn’t feel that passion there was something that just wasn’t there. So that second semester I said, ‘I really think I need to take an education course and the minute I walked into my first education course I knew that is where I was supposed to be.”
She recalls the feeling walking into her first class as a student teacher and said the mission hasn’t changed.
“I also wanted to be a confidante. I wanted them to feel comfortable telling me things to build those relationships with those students and I realized I needed my students more than they needed me.”
Dr. Anderson would have stints in Mercer County as teacher for Memorial School and principal for Whitehorn Elementary before they consolidated into Bluefield Primary.
“I do get emotional because there is so much passion that goes into it, but I just want to have the same impact on my students that my teachers had on me.”
It is that impact and it is that passion that makes Dr. Brittany Anderson a Hometown Hero.
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