[caption id="attachment_33774" align="alignleft" width="254"]<img class=" wp-image-33774" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/07\/Sarah-Hann-teacher-of-the-year.jpg" alt="" width="254" height="380" \/> Music educator Sarah Hann has earned distinction as Greenbrier County Teacher of the Year.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Greenbrier County Schools is pleased to announce that Music educator and percussionist Sarah Hann has been selected as the Greenbrier County Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hann teaches Music to students in grades K-5 at White Sulphur Springs Elementary School.<\/h1>\r\nHann was selected from a pool of Teacher of the Year candidates from schools across the county who were nominated and interviewed by a selection committee. She will advance for West Virginia Teacher of the Year consideration.\u00a0 A committee appointed by the State Superintendent evaluates all county nominees and interviews a select group of finalists before naming the 2018-19 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am incredibly honored to have been selected as Teacher of the Year for Greenbrier County.\u00a0 I know that many of my colleagues are just as deserving, and it is a privilege to work daily among such inspiring teachers. In addition, I work with the most kind-hearted and enthusiastic students who make my job a true joy.\u00a0 Each day I purpose to find the small moments of gratitude, and because of these students and school, this is an easy task.\u00a0 Thank you for this recognition and distinction, it means a great deal to me,\u201d states Hann.\r\n\r\nAfter earning a B.A. in Music Education from Indiana University in 2011, Hann attended Winthrop University where she earned a Master of Music Performance.\r\n\r\n\u201cGreenbrier County Schools is excited to have this opportunity to applaud the passion, commitment, and creativity that Sarah Hann brings to her Music classroom each and every school day.\u00a0 She is an outstanding educator and musician who also serves as a remarkable inspiration to her students,\u201d states Superintendent Bryant.\r\n\r\nIn her application, Hann notes that her teaching is grounded in the belief that, \u201cif students have the confidence to seek knowledge, then they are much more likely to do so rather than waiting for that knowledge to be handed to them.\u201d She continues, \u201cWhen students discover that knowledge on their own, it is theirs to hold and to keep. I believe music education in particular creates the perfect atmosphere for this student-led discovery and independent thought.\u00a0 Each time a student sings or plays a piece of music, they must make choices on how they will interpret that music: choices in dynamics, choices in style, and choices in expression. Creativity in itself is a form of courage. To be creative one must be vulnerable, and to be vulnerable takes courage. As students grow in confidence, they become more assured of their ability to think and discover on their own. This leads to a sense of independence and then onto curiosity. And when you take a curious student who has the courage to independently seek knowledge, you have a self-motivated learner ready to succeed.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cMs. Hann is an amazing teacher whose classroom management and teaching methods are centered on encouraging students to be creative and confident as they discover the world of music.\u00a0 The staff and students at WSSE love her and believe that she is the best teacher in West Virginia!\u201d states White Sulphur Springs Elementary Principal, Ann Smith.