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Polly Ebert

University of Florida
BS Animal Science
MEd Elementary Education
What were you like as a child?
As a child, I loved the outdoors and all animals.  I was happiest when I was on my horse just exploring all day.
What is a favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory would be the times when my family and I went camping.
What is your favorite course to teach, and why?
My favorite course to teach is Bible.  I love the way my kids soak up everything I say.  They trust the gospel with unabashed glory, and they are never ashamed to love Jesus.
What do enjoy most about your job?
I love my job mainly because because I love Christ and children, and to be able to mix the two together is a dream come true.
What is a fond SRCS memory?
I have experienced many memorable events over the past 15 years at SRCS, but I think the one that had the most impact on me was a few years ago.  I was out on the playground enjoying recess and some lovely fall weather.  I was chatting with Mrs. Couric when I started feeling a bit dizzy and thought I needed a cup of coffee.  On my way to the office, my feet quit doing what they were told, and I got very confused.  Nurse Sue took one look at me and called 911.  I was having a 'mini stroke'.  Coach Bowman was sent to find an aspirin, and I know I saw tears in his eyes (not hard to picture if you know Bow).  Mr. James was calling my husband as I got into the ambulance and was whisked off to the hospital.  All that week I was the recipient of so much love.  Co-workers and staff called and came to visit me.  Parents and students brought me cards and flowers.  I even had  visits from parents of kids I hadn't taught in years.  I was humbled by the love and attention of my Seven Rivers family.  I was reminded that being a teacher here is so much more than just a job. 
What is a favorite quote of yours?
A quote I love to teach my students is "Before you speak, think, be smart.  It's hard to mend a broken heart."  I stress kindness in my class.  I figure life is tough enough, and we all need a safe place.