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Malyssa teaches third grade at Yarbrough Elementary School. She has been teaching in Midland since 2015.
Every principal I’ve met wants what is best for the kids of Midland.
My principal is a teacher to everyone she meets—even the principals that she works with in her professional learning community (PLC). That's what's made her so great. Every time she has a meeting with the teachers, she's very transparent and open, saying, "At that point in my career, here's what I was doing, and here's where I failed, and here's where I succeeded, and here's what I learned from it." And I think that her transparency as an administrator makes us feel at home.
My school was designed with learning in mind.
Most of the furniture is equipped with whiteboard surfaces, but is also magnetic and movable. If I want to move my desk to the corner, or if I want to move shelves so that my students have more space, I can do it really quickly. Even the lighting we use in our classroom is geared toward learning.
The flex area between all of the grade-level classrooms is probably our biggest advantage: We can open the wall and bring all the third-graders together for one lesson if we want. It gives us a lot of flexibility to do what's best for our kids.