This week's WITN Teacher of the Week is Elizabeth Bromberg, who teaches fifth grade at Creekside Elementary School in Winterville.
Bromberg grew up 60 miles outside Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana. At age 16, she moved to Greenville with her family and completed her remaining two years of high school at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston. After graduation, Bromberg attended Appalachian State where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 2007. In 2011, Elizabeth earned a Master’s Degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina. Bromberg is married to her loving husband, Jason.
Elizabeth credits her own experience as a student at Parkview Elementary School for helping lay the foundation for the teacher she strives to be. “Parkview was and still is this magical place in my mind. Everyone from the teachers to the school secretary were welcoming and genuinely caring. I still keep in touch with Parkview’s former principal, Douglas Hollar and as well as my second grade teacher, Susan Livarchik. I want my students to look back one day and reflect on the same types of memories that I have. I want them to love being at school.”
Currently in her eighth year of teaching, Bromberg notes, "Teaching at Creekside is a dream come true!" "It's an honor to be part of such a warm and dedicated group of individuals." Bromberg goes on to say that her goal is to prepare lessons that focus on the curriculum while also working to help students express their thoughts and ideas about what they are learning. She believes in using focused discussion to engage students while also working to model critical thinking, tolerance, and introspection. “When students have the opportunity to verbalize their points of view they are able to form connections with the text and with each other which translates into a closer classroom community and better writers too.”
The person who nominated her said, “I nominate her because she is nice, inspiring, understanding, loyal, honest and everything else imaginable! We love you Mrs. Bromberg! You are amazing!”