Brittany Gillming, Melvin E. Sine Elementary


When the principal says to a teacher that they need to talk to you and your students, that can be a little nerve wrecking, especially for a first-year teacher at Melvin E. Sine Elementary. This turned into a great surprise when Javier Soto walked into Ms. Brittany Gillming's classroom instead and gave her the final 3TV Silver Apple award for this year!

Each year 8 teachers are honored for their excellence in education with this great award and are given $500 for use in their classroom. It was clear after a few moments of being in her classroom that her students absolutely loved her class and even compared it to being in Disneyland.

Ms. Gillming's own 1st grade teacher is one of the big reasons that she turned to teaching for her career. Between that and her love for children, it is no surprise that her class enjoys every second with her!

Ms. Gillming shares a passion for teaching and continues to inspire her students everyday. We asked her to share some of her experiences with us.

Why did you decide to get into teaching?
I wanted to be that impact on their lives to make them realize they are capable of great things in life with hard work and encouragement.
What is your favorite teaching moment?
I had all my students go around and say one nice thing to their neighbor and one student said  their favorite part of their day was seeing their neighbor. It melted my heart.

How did you feel when you realized you won the Silver Apple Award?
I can't describe it in one work. It feels great to know my kids appreciate me just as much as I appreciate them. It is an honor and a privilege to receive the Silver Apple Award.
What do you plan on doing with the $500 grant?
Growing our classroom library is one thing I would love to use it for.
What is one of your best practices in the classroom?
We do fun cheers A LOT. It is just something to keep the learning exciting and they are willing to participate if they know they get a cheer.
What advice would you give to new teachers?
Find a support team and lean on them. You will never be 100% prepared by you will survive and you will always learn and be loved.
What was the greatest life lesson you've learned through your teaching experience that has affected your personal life?
Love through all circumstances.

Congratulations to Ms. Gillming for her excellence in education and thank you for making a difference in the lives of Arizona's future leaders.