Mrs. Brenda KhayatI am presently teaching 3rd grade at Park Forest Elementary and I have been teaching for the State College Area School District for many years. Many of my teaching years have been in the upper intermediate grade. Although, I have also taught every age group K through 8 at some time during my career.
In my spare moments I love spending time with my husband, Rod, and two sons, Zak and Zico. We keep busy doing a multitude of activities like watching the Steelers play, attending soccer and basketball games, camping, bike riding and going downhill skiing. Our favorite sport to play is soccer and I'm sure the picture below gives you a hint as to our favorite soccer team. It was taken a few years back during the world cup as we enthusiastically cheered for Brazil. Zico just got a hair cut which gave him the perfect spot to show his loyalty.
Like many around us we bleed blue and white as we, too, are PSU fans. It is very exhilarating to be in a huge stadium surrounded by people yelling at each other "We are........Penn State!" That is where you can find us and about 100,000 others on game days in the fall.
Due to a strong commitment to being a life long learner mixing sports with the arts and educational events is very important to us. Therefore, you'll also find us at many guitar and piano concerts along with other happenings around campus. I often take graduate classes and have my master's degree in educational administration. Although, I am a certified administrator, I am pursuing my interests in mathematics. I have spent considerable hours earning 15 more graduate credits in mathematics, I presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual meeting, written math grants, participated in a national selection committee funded through the National Science Foundation to choose future presidential awardees and consistently network with other mathematics educators around the U.S. I love to teach and learn about mathematics and this passion took me all the way to the White House in 2003. My work is never done as there is so much to learn about in this field. Furthermore, I am continuously inspired by the many excellent educators around me.
Last, I have to mention that it's the students that keep me smiling in the classroom. Every day they provide me with hope for our world. Their inquisitive nature keeps me challenged to find innovative ways to teach and motivate them. I don't want to ever lose sight of them and the little things they do which have made such a difference in my life.
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock
Last Modified on September 1, 2015