Bumgardner is chosen as Teacher of the Year

Erin Crump, Campus Currents

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Each year, a BRHS teacher is awarded with the title of Teacher of The year. For the 2016-2017 school year it was awarded to Kristen Bumgardener.
Bumgardener felt that becoming Teacher of the Year was extremely humbling, “I wasn’t expecting it so it feels really good to be recognized for a lot of hard work,” she said.

In her four years at Baton Rouge High as a AP Human Geography Teacher and an AP Art History Teacher Bumgardener has had a huge impact on her students.

Senior Ali Thibodeaux said, “I take Mrs. Bumgardener for AP Art History and she is such a positive role model for me, and inspires me to work hard and find my passion in life just like she has.”

Bumgardener didn’t originally plan to become a teacher, She intended to become a museum educator, but when she had to relocate to Baton Rouge for her husband’s profession, her best option was to join the EBR school system. Bumgardener said she ended up really enjoying it.

Bumgardener credits several mentors with her success.

A few of these mentors were Mrs. Weydling, Mrs. Denson, and Madame Breaux who used to work here. Bumgardener said, “If it werent for them there’s no way I would’ve been as successful as I have been.”

Her success didn’t start from nowhere, Bumgardener attended Centenary College in Shreveport and graduated with a major in art and visual studies and then moved on to Texas Christian University to get her graduate degree in Art History.

Without a doubt, Bumgardener’s favorite aspect of teaching is her relationship with her students. “They’re the best…if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be doing it,” she said.

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