These heartfelt words of praise earned Brottlund Teacher of the Month honors for March. The award was presented as a surprise, and Brottlund said she was thrilled to receive the honor in front of her third grade students.
"This award is very special to me because I got to see some of the letters the children wrote, and they were awesome," said Brottlund. "My class was so excited when the award was announced."
Brottlund's career in education spans 26 years. After earning her teaching degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, Brottlund spent seven years teaching first and second grade and serving as principal at St. Mary's School in Pierce City. She also taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades at St. Ann's School in Carthage before joining the Pierce City Central Elementary School faculty as a third grade teacher.
"I love being with the children and guiding their progress through the school year," said Brottlund. "It is always rewarding to see how much they have grown and learned through the year."
Brottlund and her husband, Von, have four children, Ian, Mattie, Jonna and Donielle.
Outside of the classroom, Brottlund loves to read -- mysteries are her favorite genre -- and during the summer, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and gardening with her mom.
Brottlund and her class are still deciding on how to spend the $250 that comes with the Teacher of the Month award.
"My students have given me many ideas on how to spend the money," said Brottlund. "Many thanks to EFCO for the award and for continuing to honor teachers, because it is a tough job and our school system is lucky to have so many dedicated hard-working teachers."
The Teacher of the Month program is sponsored by EFCO, a Pella Company, and The Monett Times. Any public or private school teacher who teaches kindergarten through 12th grade in Monett, Purdy, Verona, Pierce City or Freistatt is eligible for the award. Nominations can be made by students, parents or fellow educators.
For more information about the program or the nomination process, email email@example.com.