“Miss Frizzle took awesome field trips!”

By

Jennifer Priest Mitchell

Brittany Berry graduated in spring 2016 with a BAE in elementary education. She said, “I have already accepted a position as a 7th/8th grade science teacher in the Creighton School District.” She also said that when she reflects on her time at ASU, she knows she will miss “the all-nighters I spent in Hayden Library and the friends who stayed up studying and doing homework with me!”

Berry sang the national anthem at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College’s Convocation on May 13. In five years, she plans to have earned her master’s degree and be in her fifth year of teaching. “I also want to become certified in a secondary science area, such as biology, physics or chemistry."

 

Tales Out of School

A lightning-round interview that introduces you to members of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College community 

What three things are always in your fridge?
Water, fruits/veggies and leftovers!

Coffee or tea?
Coffee (Dutch Bros!)

Last book you read:
“How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” by Julia Alvarez.

Teaching is the most important profession because …
it is the most selfless and rewarding profession, while also shaping the minds of our future.

The real-life teacher who most inspired you was …
My music teacher, Mrs. Holcomb. She brought me out of my shell and always believed in me. She also inspired me, built up my confidence and told me to continue my dream of becoming an educator after everyone else suggested otherwise.

Favorite fictional teacher:
Miss Frizzle. She took students on the most awesome field trips!

What are you most grateful for?
My support system (my family and friends) who have motivated me during my years at ASU.

Why did you choose education as a major?
I've wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I used to create worksheets for my dolls and assign homework to my cousins when we role played!

Who inspired you when you were young, and why?
My mom. She worked full time and took college courses at night to take care of me. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have the inner drive that I have now.

Who inspires you now?
Dr. Alexandria Silva here at ASU. She's an amazing educator, mother and role model. She's the epitome of an effective, caring teacher and has guided me through my two years in the BLE/ESL program.

What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it?
Leaving everyone I love behind in Long Beach, California to come to Arizona. It was the scariest risk I've ever taken but I've become more responsible and independent; and I've learned that home will always be there no matter how long I'm gone.

Three historical or fictional people you would have over for dinner:
Frank Sinatra, Maya Angelou and Benjamin Franklin.

What’s your favorite mode of transportation, and why?
Airplane, because I love to travel ... and the flight from Phoenix to Long Beach is only an hour long!

What’s your go-to food?
In-N-Out, all day, every day.

ASU moment to remember:
Being chosen to sing the national anthem at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Convocation as a graduate.

Biggest change in classrooms from when you were a child to today:
The availability of technology for nearly every student, and standardized testing being done on computers rather than filling in little bubbles as precise as possible.

If you could listen to only three songs for the rest of your life?
"At Your Best" by Aaliyah, "I Was Here" by Beyonce and "Fly" by Common Kings.

Biggest mistake:
Not applying for more scholarships and grants. It would've saved me a lot of financial stress! If you need help, ASK. We have some awesome counselors who don't want to see you fail.

Biggest accomplishment:
Becoming the first college graduate in my family and making them all proud while also paving the way for my younger siblings and cousins.

Most adventurous thing you’ve ever done:
Taking a road trip with my sister from California in a huge loop around the United States. This allowed me to see 23 states in one month!

What advice would give your 18-year-old self?
It won't be easy, but it's SO worth it. Good things don't just come to those who wait, they come to those who work hard and make it happen.

Favorite movie quote:
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax." It's really a book quote, but the movie was great, too!

Pet peeve:
Litterbugs! They drive me insane. But that could just be the sustainable science teacher within me.

App you can’t live without:
Google Play Music. It allows me to choose playlists based on my moods or activities, such as "Studying," "Practicing Yoga" or "Waking Up Happy."