Making Mistakes and Building Confidence

Meet Sarah Trimm, First Grade Teacher

“I hope to instill a love of learning in each of my students,” says first-grade teacher Sarah Trimm. For 16 years, Mrs. Trimm has taught St. Mary’s first graders how to read fluently, add and subtract numbers, and be a good friend. Mrs. Trimm says, “being a kind and cooperative friend and understanding the importance of the Bridge to Caring traits are valuable characteristics that I hope my students understand when they leave first grade.” 

The Bridge to Caring, St. Mary’s character education program, is woven into the curriculum every day. Over the course of the year, lessons focus on respect, responsibility, thankfulness, kindness, self-control, honesty, courage, and cooperation. 

Mrs. Trimm values the time she and her students spend in Lower School Chapel once a week. She says, “I enjoy starting every Tuesday morning in Chapel listening to the sweet messages connected to our monthly Bridge to Caring character traits. There is so much happiness in the room,” she adds. 

Mrs. Trimm says she focuses on building confidence in her students in the classroom. “I try to instill the idea that making mistakes is a part of the learning process,” she says. She reminds her students that mistakes are proof that they are trying. “I teach my students that making mistakes actually allows your brain to grow,” she says. 

Sarah Trimm earned her B.A. in elementary education from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Education from Union University. 

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