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Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Bill Sanner

Congratulations to Mr. Bill Sanner of Blossomwood Elementary School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!

Mr. Sanner, who teaches math at Blossomwood, says he was always supposed to be a teacher but didn’t always know it.  He enjoyed getting the opportunity to teach people new tasks during his time in the military but didn’t quite make the connection to teaching in the classroom at that point.  With his wife still in the military, however, his decision to try a new career path meant he needed something that could move around with him.  When he went back to school he started work on his teaching certificate and found out that it was his true calling after all.

“He’s so well respected,” says Blossomwood Principal Jamie Burton, “not just by our students and parents, but by his colleagues as well.”  Mr. Burton goes on to say that Mr. Sanner goes above and beyond every day and even serves as a mentor for new teachers.  Mr. Sanner says that he often had a difficult time when he was in school, adding that “it seemed like everyone knew what was going on except me.”  He believes part of that was because subjects like math were only taught one way.  According to one of his students, Keely McCool, “he shows us different ways of how to do problems, […] maybe one way isn’t easy, but another way could be a little easier.”

When he isn’t teaching, Mr. Sanner likes to go bass fishing and sometimes plays a little golf.  He and his wife have two children as well as a son-in-law, and he says that they enjoyed doing lots of activities with them while they were growing up. They wanted them to try out various athletic and arts activities to see what might interest them.  Mr. Sanner notes the obvious connection between how they raised their own children and how he likes to teach – it’s all about providing options.

Principal Burton says, “Students love to be in his room, and not only do they love to be in there – they are growing in leaps and bounds academically.”  Mr. Sanner is always looking forward, always seeking to ensure that his students can succeed when they go on to middle and high school.  It means a lot when a student returns and lets him know that what he did helped them out, but it’s quite clear that he is helping every student that sets foot in his classroom.

Each week, ETV will showcase an outstanding Huntsville City Schools educator as a feature in the “Teacher Spotlight." Highlighted recipients receive gifts from SchoolCraft.
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