Sunday, May 11, 2014

Meet the Faces of Spicewood #48: Brenda Elder

Dear everyone,

Here's the third employee of the week.
Please take a moment to get to know one of our super star kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Brenda Elder.

Mrs. Elder was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas then moved to Austin when her parents moved up here while she was in college in 1984. Her dad retired here in Austin after 25 years of service in education as a teacher and high school principal! Mrs. Elder has been married to her wonderful husband for almost 20 years and they together have two amazing daughters. Cailey is a junior in high school but is graduating early with an athletic scholarship to college; she's looking forward to playing soccer in college next school year. Camille is a freshmen in high school and she's a part of the award winning Dragon Marching Band. She sure is a proud mom. :) This is Mrs. Elder's 20th year in education and 2nd year at Spicewood. She took a few breaks in between from the profession to focus on her family. Her favorite food is BBQ brisket. She doesn't have a favorite color because it all depends on where the color is being used. As she puts it, "I can't limit myself: the world is a palette unlimited favorite colors." Her favorite book, which is also one of my personal favorites, is the Last Lecture by Randy Pauseh. She has often picked up this book and read exerts to her own children when they experienced a life lesson. 

"Teachers truly care about their students and the families we serve," stated Mrs. Elder. "I also love the support we receive from the administrative staff."  Mrs. Elder tells out students to have fun! "You can be a Tigger or an Eeyore!"  

Mrs. Elder is truly born to be a kindergarten teacher; she knows how to be loving and nurturing while being stern and strict so they learn routines and expectations to build social and self-discipline skills  necessary in life. She goes above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every child at where they are. She is so knowledgeable in best teaching practice as well. I am so glad she decided to come to Spicewood from Sommer ES! :) Students in Mrs. Elder's were also working on Mother's Day cards; I sure hope all the moms enjoyed the sweet words from our kids.