Q&A SPOTLIGHT: Meet Karrie Hieber, Brevard Public Schools Teacher of the Year

BPS Heart of Brevard magazine Q&A

Karrie Hieber was honored as Brevard Public Schools Teacher of the Year during the recent ABC Awards and the following Q&A appeared in the Winter 2021 edition of BPS’ Heat of Brevard magazine. (BPS image)
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Karrie Hieber was honored as Brevard Public Schools Teacher of the Year during the recent ABC Awards and the following Q&A appeared in the Winter 2021 edition of BPS’ Heart of Brevard magazine.

Q: How has being named Teacher of the Year changed your outlook on your day-to-day life?

A: Day-to-day hasn’t necessarily changed; My number one responsibility is teaching so that continues to be my primary focus/outlook. And, to be fair, it’s only been a few days and it’s been a whirlwind. I am certainly excited to see what opportunities this new role brings.

Q: What do you wish more people knew about Brevard Public Schools?

A: I would love for more people to know how many dedicated teachers are passionately and tirelessly working to provide quality lessons and experiences for the students of Brevard Public Schools.

Q: What is the very best part of your day?

A: The highlight of my day begins with the first bell rings and I get to see their faces! I love being a teacher and interacting with my students.

Q: When you were in school, who inspired you most and why?

A: My former 12th grade English teacher, Cheryl York, was one of my most impactful teachers. She introduced me to British Literature and inspired me to specialize in English; additionally, she was
our Class Sponsor, and I was a class officer. She fostered my love of leadership and Student Government Association. A close second would be Mr. Ned Steel, my Anatomy & Physiology teacher. Mr. Steel had genuine connections with his students and it felt like he believed in you, just because.

Q: What is your favorite hobby when you’re not serving in your school?

A: My husband and I love spending time outdoors: boating, camping, motorcycle rides, and four-wheelers.

Q: What are three things you want your students to remember when they think about their school years?

A: I really hope my students remember that their hard work paid off, the diploma was worth every single second! With dedication and grit, anything is possible. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

Q: It’s been a ridiculously hard year for everyone. What do you want our families to know about the people serving their children in our schools?

A: I would love for our families to know that teachers really do understand this year has been challenging. We want to be supportive and we want students to learn! Open communication is our goal- we would love for you to reach out, check-in, and let us know how we can support you and your children.

Q: If you could only choose three meals to eat for the rest of your life, what would they be?

A: TACOS! Sushi and spaghetti! (with an extra side of tacos!)

Q: How do your students inspire you?

A: I am so inspired when I see them overcome their challenges- not just the classroom situations, but the life struggles. Poverty, employment struggles, trauma, teen angst- all of these situations impact children differently, yet despite these obstacles, they choose to continue to push forward to secure their education. This choice, this drive .. .it is celebratory, and I am SO proud!

Q: How will you use your title of TOY for BPS to elevate the education profession in our community?

A: Singularly, I don’t believe I can elevate my profession. However, working with other dedicated professionals and Union leaders, I would love to openly advocate for additional funding. We are stronger when we join forces and push for a common goal.

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