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Toddhunter named Rookie Teacher of the Year

Todhunter graduated from Stillwater High School. Her father teaches at Stillwater Junior High. She went on to OSU, following in her father’s footsteps. She graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s in secondary education social studies with a minor in history.

“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 5-years-old,” she said. “There are so many teachers, including my dad, who have influenced my life, and I wanted to be able to be that positive influence for students as well.”

Todhunter is fascinated with history and stories about the past.

“I love learning about history,” she said. “I wanted to show that love and passion to students, hopefully teaching them the value of our past.”

Todhunter’s mentor teacher, Amanda Burton, said their school year actually began over the summer of 2016.

“We met numerous times to discuss both the U.S. History and AP U.S. History class that we teach,” Burton said. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Brooke Todhunter.”

Assistant Principal Toby Blair, in a recommendation letter for Todhunter, said she joined a high-functioning team at MHS and has instantly made an impact. She has implemented “concept checks” twice a week to more accurately gauge what students have learned than using only homework or lengthy assignments.

“She has worked with her AP counterpart to create a new way for students to outline and further comprehend the material they are reading,” he wrote. “Likewise, she has worked to implement curriculum overviews for each unit that clearly lay out the expectations for each student even before instruction begins.”

Blair said even more than Todhunter’s academic accomplishments, she’s kind and committed to relationships and making sure every student has the resources necessary to be successful.

Todhunter was taken aback by being named “Rookie Teacher of the Year.”

“I am so shocked, honored and truly humbled by this honor,” she said. “My first year has honestly been challenging, especially trying finding what motivates my students to get excited about history. I've learned a lot and have made a lot of mistakes as well, but I'm also confident that I've done my best.”

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