Tahlequah Daily Press

December 17, 2013

Instilling self-esteem key for Hulbert educator

Special Writer

HULBERT — After teaching Sunday school and a couple of Vacation Bible School sessions, Carrie Scearce knew that teaching was how she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives.

A Hulbert Elementary second-grade teacher, Scearce is in her fifth year teaching.

Knowing their value and improving their self-confidence are among the priorities for her students, she said.

“I want my students to know they matter. I want them to know that they are wanted, needed, and valued in my classroom,” Scearce said.

“I want them to see they can succeed no matter what a score says about them. I want them to walk away with the confidence that says, ‘things may be hard, but I can do hard things.’”

Helping kids realize just how very important they are and that can and will succeed is what she most enjoys about teaching.

From the moment she greets her students, she begins building their self-esteem.

“I greet each student by name as they enter the building each morning. I say, ‘Welcome, superstars, to another exciting day of second grade. I can’t wait to teach you some amazing things today,’” she said.

An honor Scearce received was being named Teacher of the Year. She found out she’d been selected when the principal, superintendent and her teaching partner, along with her class came into Scearce’s room and presented her with a dozen red roses, balloons and a beautiful plaque.

“I was very shocked,” she said. “There are so many great teachers at Hulbert, it was hard to believe I was chosen.”

What she likes most about teaching at Hulbert is the students.

The Northeastern State University graduate said she was fortunate to work as an undergraduate with Deena Jones at Greenwood Elementary.

“When I was doing my teaching observations, I had the privilege of being in Mrs. Jones’ class,” Scarce said. “The way she related to the kids and showed excitement for what she was doing, inspired me in my teaching style.”

To Scearce, an excellent teacher is a person who is passionate about helping children to reach their highest potential, while personally reaching theirs at the same time

“Being able to say at the end of each day that ‘I gave everything I could to allow these kids every opportunity to learn,’ is important,” she said.

At home, Scarce has four children she enjoys spending time with.

She married her high school sweetheart, Sean, 21 years ago. Their children are Noah, 15; Ella, 13; Emily, 8; and Audrey, 6.

She spends her personal time reading.

“I love to read,” she said. “My favorite books are the ‘Mark of the Lion’ trilogy by Francine Rivers. I have read them many times and they are truly faith-affirming.”