Ms. Tammy Tran joined the Brookfield faculty in 2015 as a third grade teacher and is teaching second grade this year. A native of San Jose, California, Ms. Tran attended San Jose State University and graduated with distinction as the recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Award for academic achievement. Ms. Tran began her teaching career as a teacher intern at an accelerated K-8 school, Challenger School in San Jose, where she benefitted from their extensive teacher training program. Following her internship, Ms. Tran taught the accelerated third grade at Challenger, which has prepared her well to assume the responsibilities and culture of high expectations and academic excellence at Brookfield. She also has experience teaching and tutoring children with learning differences and behavioral challenges, where she honed excellent class and individual management skills and the ability to engage and motivate students.
Additionally, Ms. Tran is an experienced competitive cheerleading coach, and brings the discipline, enthusiasm, and positivity of this sport into her classroom. It is not unusual to hear and observe cheer coaching techniques in use in her classroom, as she employs fun chants, songs, movement, and established routines to help her students memorize information and stay motivated and engaged in class. Her colleagues and parents of former students share that she is “tough and demanding, but fun.” Ms. Tran believes in harnessing the power of children’s imaginations and natural curiosity: “I believe that primary teachers have the unique opportunity to not only teach incredibly curious minds, but to learn from their students in return. One's imagination has no limit; that's the beauty of learning.”