Mandy Badyna: Shady Shores Elementary Teacher of the Year
“Described by her colleagues as cheerful, kind-hearted, helpful and always willing to share, this teacher has the true heart of an educator. Parents often comment about the constant stream of communication – not just of upcoming events, but the celebration of successes and the areas of concern on which she is focusing. Students love being in her classroom – she empowers her students as leaders and builds a community within her classroom. She continuously reflects on her teaching and seeks new ways to grow professionally. It is my great honor to present the 2019 SSE Teacher of the Year - Mandy Badyna.”
Mrs. Jennifer Bryant, SSE Principal
Get to know Mandy Badyna in this Q & A:
# of years at LDISD: 5
Positions held at LDISD:
First Grade Teacher
I have a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Ok. I got my teaching certificate through the University of North Texas. I am certified 1st-6th grade. I also have my ESL certification
Favorite thing about being a teacher . . .
There are so many reasons I love being a teacher (too many to list)! I believe the most important reason is simply that I love working with kids. Kids are so full of wonder, creativity, and an eagerness to learn. They appreciate my silliness and are quick to forgive me when I make a mistake. They are incredibly honest and extremely accepting. Not to mention, I get about 100 hugs each day! I can’t think of a better way to spend my days. Watching my first graders learn to read, write, create, problem solve, set goals and reflect on them, show kindness and compassion toward one another is remarkably rewarding, and I get to see these things many times throughout every day! I take pride in ensuring my students feel safe, nurtured, valued, and loved when they are at school. My goal each day is that school is a place where they want to be. I love greeting each one every morning and watch them smile as they walk through the door.
Favorite thing about your campus . . .
Shady Shores Elementary is amazing! When you walk in the building, you automatically get a feeling of unity. Everywhere you look you recognize a common theme...one of leadership and encouragement. The aesthetics are very appealing, but then you start to see the students’ smiling faces and hear the friendly, warm, and welcoming voices of our amazing staff. We are a campus of leaders where everyone’s contribution is important. Whether you are a teacher, cafe worker, administrator, maintenance, support staff, custodian, bus driver, nurse, counselor, and so on your work is valued and appreciated. We teach this to the students as well. We teach them to seek out their talents and figure out ways to lead using these gifts. We teach that we are all different and that we all have strengths and weaknesses, but if we work together we can be GREAT!
Favorite thing about LDISD . . .
When I think of LDISD I think “SMALL town feel with BIG time dreams”. Our small district has big plans for our learners. Even though we are small, there are many educational opportunities for Lake Dallas students. Administrators and teachers have high expectations for our students, and we stay current in best practices in education. We collaborate across the district so that we can do what is best for the young people of our community. I take pride in being a part of it. #bettertogether #falconproud
About receiving your campus Teacher of the Year . . .
I am sincerely grateful for this honor. It truly feels good to be recognized, but it most definitely is a team effort. I couldn’t be the teacher I am today without my support system. My biggest support comes from God. Every morning I ask God to ready my heart for the day. I pray that my thoughts, words, and actions be what the students in my class need to see and hear. Support also come from my family. I am grateful they understand and support of the amount of time, energy, and heart that teaching takes. I also have a team of teachers, administrators, and support staff throughout the school who are there to share ideas, listen to me, offer advice, encourage me, and celebrate my successes with me. It truly takes a village, and I’m beyond blessed that my village is SSE!