“The overwhelming opportunity I have to help shape the minds and personalities of children I teach is one I do not take lightly,” Peters-Jordan said. “Not only do I teach my students academics, I teach them to be fair, care about others as intensely as they care for themselves, and to learn tolerance, respect and integrity.”

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Anderson Mill 3rd grade teacher, Alicia Peters-Jordan

Alicia Peters-Jordan’s third-grade classroom at Anderson Mill Elementary School is full of students, including herself.

Peters-Jordan strives to create an environment of lifelong learners at Anderson Mill, where she was recently selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year. Peters-Jordan has been an educator for three years, all of which have been at Anderson Mill.

“The overwhelming opportunity I have to help shape the minds and personalities of children I teach is one I do not take lightly,” Peters-Jordan said. “Not only do I teach my students academics, I teach them to be fair, care about others as intensely as they care for themselves, and to learn tolerance, respect and integrity.”

The community in Peters-Jordans class focuses on individual personalities and learning styles. Anderson Mill, which is an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, has given Peters-Jordan the opportunity to bring real-world experiences and examples to her students, all while incorporating their interests into lessons.

“The amazing, brilliant scholars I work with everyday, which I serve with joy, inspire me as they become who they will finally be right before my eyes,” Peters-Jordan said. “I teach because I learn from them how to be the best me, while hopefully instilling that same desire in them.”

Above all, Peters-Jordan is a patient teacher who loves working with students of all needs and serving as a leader for staff, Anderson Mill Principal Trana Allen said.

“Mrs. Peters-Jordan is a team leader and looks out for more than the 17 scholars in her classroom,” Allen said. “She is gifted in many areas and respected by all.”