Degrees and Certifications:
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University Master's in Educational Leadership, LeTourneau University Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, LeTourneau University Certification(s): Teacher Certification (EC-4) Principal Certification (K-12) English as a Second Language Certification (EC-4)
Ms. LaRena Brooks, M.Ed.
Hello everyone! I am the Assistant Principal here at Orr Elementary School. I am so grateful to have, what I believe as, the best job in the world! I have experience working with all ages and I love coming to work each day. I am a proud leader of Orr Cubs...Celebrating the Extra ORR-dinary!!
I am a former Tyler ISD graduate. I attended Stephen F. Austin State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Later, I decided to further my educational career and I attended LeTourneau University. I attained a Master’s degree in Educational Administration as well as Curriculum and Instruction.
Why I Chose Education
I believe a part of me always knew that I was going to become an educator. As I went through my academic career, I looked back on the impact that one of my teachers had on my life and it was at that point…everything clicked. I believe in the power of education and its importance for our children. I became an educator in hopes of affecting students the way I was affected when I was young. Providing them with more than just knowledge but a basis and a respect for learning, growth, and curiosity that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
My Teaching Philosophy
My beliefs on teaching are short and simple- Everyone Can! I believe that people can do anything that they are willing to sacrifice their time and willingness to do. It is my philosophy that students will achieve success when they become empowered by their own learning and development. As the Master Teacher, I will collaboratively assist teachers with creating situations for students where they can take charge for what they learn and learn how it applies to them, their communities, and the world. Finally, I want to model to other educators that we don’t teach subjects but rather people.