Ms. Taylor Cotton has been selected as Frontier School of Innovation’s March Teacher of the Month. As the 3rd- 6th grade Physical Education and 3rd grade Health teacher, she does a phenomenal job of always staying positive and that energy rubs off on her students as well.
When staff, students, or parents interact with Ms. Cotton, they can immediately feel a sense of relief because she has the knack for keeping calm in challenging situations. She says, “I am very much a people person, and I love working with kids of all ages.”
Due to Cotton being a people person, it makes sense that her best teaching moments include building a strong rapport with her students.
“I enjoy building relationships with my students and getting to know each and every one of them as special individuals that they are,” states Cotton. “I feel that when my kids know that I deeply care about their personal well-being and I can see the great potential that they each possess, that is when the real learning takes place.”
She offers great advice to teachers. She explains, “In case you haven’t figured it out already, the work never stops. Ever. But if you love what you do, you’ll never really work a day in your life.”
Teaching can be challenging, but Ms. Cotton puts things in perspective.
“I can promise you that your students will challenge you, and there will be days when you are exhausted, said Cotton. “There’s also the possibility that you may not ever see the results of your labor, but you have to know that you are making a difference.”
Her insight and advice is valuable to students as well. She believes if you have a dream be prepared for hard work, but to don’t let anyone stop you. Her favorite from quote from Dr. Seuss explains what she means, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
When Ms. Cotton is not busy doing work as FSI’s Co-Athletic Director, coaching, or teaching, she enjoys the outdoors, music, and of course sports. She also loves spending time on her family’s land in the country by riding four-wheelers, fishing and spending time with her dog, Jackson Eugene.
Just as Cotton instills in her students to have big dreams, she too has some future goals she would like to accomplish as well. She one day hopes to teach abroad while doing mission work for an underprivileged country.
She also has a fun goal she would like to accomplish one day. She says, “My goal is to have at least one of my students that I have taught and/or coached, become a very successful, award-winning celebrity or athlete and to get a shout-out from them when they get on stage. That would be neat!”
When asked what song that describes her is, she says, “Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off because T-Swift and I are pretty much soulmates and we understand each other to the core. The lyrics to that song are basically my everyday life.” Cotton’s perspective of not letting things get to you is demonstrated in her daily interactions with staff and students.
Ms. Taylor Cotton was selected as Teacher of the Month based on nominations from her peers. She will receive her very own parking space for the month, a certificate, and will be featured in the lobby bulletin board.