The Patton College of Education is honored to recognize Brooke Schultz, kindergarten teacher at Nelsonville-York Elementary School, as our June 2019 Alum of the Month.
Earlier this year, Schultz won $500 from Scholastic Book Clubs for her essay about the importance of reading and how it can impact children’s growth. She also won 500 Scholastic bonus points from the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway for Classroom Libraries.
“The James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway was a true blessing to our classroom,” said Schultz. “As always, our learning revolves around literacy, but this year we were able to tailor our reading to our interests.”
A lifelong Athens County resident, Schultz was familiar with Ohio University from an early age. At 15, she began her days at the university with a work permit to clean dorms. Later, while enrolled as an undergraduate student, she worked as a student secretary in Dining Services.
In 2003, Schultz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She said her time at Ohio University––especially her experiences with coworkers, classmates, friends and students––helped shape her into the teacher she is today.
Winning the Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway for Classroom Libraries wasn’t the only pleasant surprise for Schultz this year. A local business made a donation to match Scholastic’s $500 gift, allowing the kindergarteners access to even more books.
“We are truly spoiled by our supportive community,” said Schultz. “The students adore Mo Willems, so we ordered his complete library. We built a non-fiction library for our classroom on things we wanted to learn more about. Everyone also got to order books for their home libraries.”
Every year, Schultz teams up with the other kindergarten teachers to provide a book scholarship for a graduating senior at Nelsonville-York High School.
“Your life is forever changed when you learn to read,” said Schultz. “I love reading, and my goal each year is to spread that love to the hearts of my students.”