Each Friday this Fall, we will introduce one of our new Cohort 3 M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Brittney Baisden from Tug Valley High School!
M3T Mountain State Fellow – Cohort 3
High School Mathematics Teacher
Tug Valley High School
Mingo County Schools
Number of years teaching: 8
Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: 2019 Tug Valley Teacher of the Year
Interesting personal facts:
This is my beautiful family! The two older children are Brinlee and Weston, and they are 7 year old twins! The little 3 year old blondie with the bow is Miss Presley, and last, but not least, that handsome guy there is my sweet husband of 9 years (been together for 12). My family is my driving force! I want my kids to see a Mom who works hard in her career as well as at home. I think it’s especially important for my girls to see that a woman can do and be anything and everything she wants to do and be all while raising a beautiful family, and I think it is important for all of my children to see their mommy and daddy support each other in everything they do.
We are devout Christians, and my husband recently became the pastor of our church. I’m so proud of him. He works hard for our family, and he never misses a chance to spend time with his family. He’s one of the good ones.
We are just your regular run of the mill family who love each other, love people in general and try everything in our power to do the right thing.
Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?
I’m excited to be part of the M3T project because I love learning new ways to provide my students with the best education possible, and I am excited to share helpful aspects of my classroom to help students and teachers across the state.
Why do you teach mathematics?
I teach mathematics because I have always loved the puzzle-like qualities that math has to offer and how math has formed me into a “problem solver” in real life situations. Throughout the years, I noticed that so many people had/have a negative connotation around math, and I wanted to help change that by making math fun and enjoyable in the classroom.
What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?
I want my classroom to be more fun and engaging. When my students leave my classroom, I want them to have a positive, successful, FUN experience with math that they will carry with them for years to come.
It is just an honor to be chosen for this fellowship. After attending the summer institute, I realized just how amazing this opportunity was going to be. Being gathered in a room with like minded people who are trying to learn and teach with one another for a common goal was so inspiring, and I am so excited for the years to come in this fellowship and beyond!
Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, https://m3twv.org. You can also stay up-to-date with all of the activity of our network by following us on Twitter, @m3t_wv, and on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/m3twv.