March 24, 2010
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Andrea Browning, a Special Education Teacher from Marion Correctional Institution, has been chosen the Florida Department of Corrections’ Teacher of the Year. She will go on to represent the Department in the statewide Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the Department of Education, where she'll be competing against public school teachers.
"I think we’ve all been influenced somewhere along the line by an outstanding teacher, and the positive influence teachers such as Ms. Browning can have on the life of an inmate, particularly a Special Education inmate, is beyond measure. I congratulate her, along with all our dedicated teachers, for their commitment to such a worthwhile profession," said Secretary Walter McNeil.
Browning, who has been with the DC since 2007, is often referred to as ďan ambassador for the education departmentĒ because of her friendly, professional manner, her respect for her fellow correctional colleagues and her commitment to helping her students reach their educational goals. She makes supporting the classroom teachers and students a priority by customizing instructional materials, assessments and vocational skill demonstrations so students can progress through programs. She also integrates re-entry goals into her duties by helping her students plan for their housing, education and employment needs after release. She even volunteers with the staff canteen operations.
What is her secret to success? She says her goal is to get students to ask questions and to want to know more, and believes her greatest contribution is being a great listener.
"Many forget teaching is not telling someone how to do something. I believe students are much more open to learning from someone who will take the time to listen and to learn from them as well," said Browning.
For more information, contact Public Affairs Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.