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Frannie Pearson selected as October Teacher of the Month

Education Minnesota Monticello selected MMS educator Frannie Pearson as the October Teacher of the Month in ISD 882! Below is a Q&A with the newest honoree.

Name: Frannie Pearson

Years teaching in Monticello: 6

Tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Frannie Pearson. This is my 5th year teaching at MMS. I also did my student teaching at MMS and that’s what inspired me to teach at the middle school level. In my time outside the classroom I love to go on adventures. I love to canoe, camp, fish, and hike. 

Why did you choose the teaching profession?

My first ever job experience was at a summer camp for kids and adults with disabilities. I loved it so much that I spent 9 summers there. The opportunities I had to work with people of all ages and walks of life at camp inspired me to go into education. I truly feel that working with kids and teens is my calling. Every day I come to school I know I have the opportunity to bring positivity, joy, and fun to my students.  

What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?

The best thing about teaching at Monticello is the students and the amazing teachers I get to work with. They inspire me every day to bring humor and levity to my classroom. 

What is your proudest moment as a teacher?

My proudest moment might be hard to narrow down. I am proudest of the little things. I am proud when students tell me they felt a deep connection to a character in a story we read. I am proud when a student is brave enough to read their poetry to the class. I am proud when I see a student go out of their way to show kindness to someone they don’t know. It sounds sappy, but I feel proud every single day to be a teacher students can turn to when they are in need. 

What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?

DO IT! This job is demanding, challenging, and downright frustrating some days. However, as a teacher you get the opportunity to open up the world to young people. You get to inspire them to read and ask questions about the world around them.