When you think of new and seasoned teachers, you think of someone who radiates positivity, passion, and purpose. And that’s what Emma Boatner brings to Prattville Elementary School. When she stepped into the role of subbing for the school, she knew that she would enjoy working there. On her journey to becoming a certified teacher, she said during her interview at Prattville Elementary, “I want to work at a school filled with teachers who want to help each other and work as a team. PES truly embodies a team environment.”
Emma graduated from Auburn University in December 2021 with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She chose third grade because she loves the age group. “We have a sweet bunch of kiddos. Third grade is a transition for our learners, so I am blessed to be the one to guide them through this phase of life.”
To Emma, being a teacher means being a part of something bigger than yourself. Not only does she get to help students, but there is an unexplainable joy she feels accompanies teaching when she gets to witness the daily “little wins” with so many people she loves and adores. She also understands the daily commitment it takes to have an impactful change on our youth. While on paper, her working hours are from 7 am to 3 pm, her job certainly doesn’t stop there. “It is almost impossible to leave work at the office. It’s hard to leave work at work, both emotionally and physically,” she explains.
Throughout the school year, she executes goals in her classroom. She wants to see consistent growth in student data as it helps her understand what works for them. Also to provide a stable environment for students because they will not learn unless she creates a safe space and fosters healthy relationships. Her last goal is to be a lifelong learner. She’s a strong believer that teachers can continuously grow through professional development.
Emma Boatner is married to Christopher Boatner for two years. They enjoy living their life together in Prattville, AL.