Teacher Spotlight: Candace Hatcher
Congratulations to Candace Hatcher of the Academy of Academics & Arts, Providence Elementary, and Williams P-8, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight!
Ms. Candace Hatcher has been employed with Huntsville City Schools for 20 years. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in Atlanta, Georgia and in Huntsville, Alabama before becoming an ESOL teacher. In 2010, she earned a Master of Arts in Education for English as a Second Language from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Her passion for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students is likely the result of being the parent of a second language learner, and understanding the social, emotional, and academic challenges of acculturating to a new country. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, spending time with family, and attending theatrical performances.
In the classroom, Ms. Hatcher says she sees herself as a facilitator. She likes to engage the students with cooperative activities, so they are "given the opportunity to explore different ideas, ask questions, and to learn new information." She also recognizes that it is important to create a warm and inviting environment, especially for second language learners who often experience a lot of anxiety. It's key, according to Ms. Hatcher, that students "realize that it's okay to make mistakes, it's okay to experiment." She continues, saying "I want my students to be life-long learners, so I want to instill in them a joy for knowledge."