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Alice Browder

"Our smaller class sizes and common love of the Lord creates a special bond between students, teachers, and families. Even in preK, we share our needs and pray for one another daily."

 

Alice with family
Mrs. Browder with her family!

I am blessed with a husband, Jim, and 2 grown children—a daughter, Amy, class of  2009  and a son, Austin, who attended WCCS during his middle school years…2001-2003.  I began teaching at WCCS during 2001 as a sub at first, but soon took a position filling a 9th grade science teacher position that opened up mid-year.  In 2002, I began teaching 4K half day and then full day beginning in 2003.  We moved to Rock Hill in 2001 when my husband, Jim, became the music minister at West End Baptist Church. For many years I worked alongside him with children’s choirs and so much more.  I was Texas born and raised, graduating in 1980 from Baylor with a degree in education.  Moving to South Carolina was a big move for our family, but God blessed us with the welcoming West End and WCCS families that made us feel right at home.  My husband is retired now, and we are enjoying the freedom  to experience world travel these recent years.  When our kids were young we traveled to all fifty states on our summer vacations.  The goal now is to visit all the continents! We had to cancel this year’s trip to South America, but can’t wait to start traveling again next year!

Teaches: 4K

College & Degree: BS, Education, Baylor University

What do you love most about WCCS?

I love that we are a family that shares the same love of Jesus, supports one another, cares for one another, and challenges one another to be better. My teacher friends here know me with all my flaws and struggles and still call me friend.

Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?

The students of course! I get to dance, sing, play, read, learn, and share Jesus every day with 16 little bundles of potentiality!

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.

Family-- We pray together, listen to one another, and love children together!

How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?

By pointing them to His Truth, we give them the most important tool for success.

How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?

Jesus is our Creator and our Savior. Each month 4K focuses on a Christian character quality--obedience, attentiveness, joy, responsibility, etc. We intentionally start there and choose literature, music, art, science and math learning that support and reveal Christ in our world.

As a teacher, what is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students? 

I have always been a hands on DIY type. As a teen, I wanted to be an artist, then later a scientist like my Dad, but in college I decided to become a teacher like my Mom. When I married a music minister I became a children's choir expert and in recent years (since my husband retired) I have become a world traveler! My years teaching here at WCCS, (18 of them) have taught me more than all that combined though.

What sets WCCS students apart from other students?

Our smaller class sizes and common love of the Lord creates a special bond between students, teachers, and families. Even in preK, we share our needs and pray for one another daily.

Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget. 

There are so, so many special times, but the joy on the face of child that has just accomplished a goal or made a new discovery is what keeps me coming back to the classroom year after year!