From Hollywood, California to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, second grade teacher Eden Flaa is making her mark on the world. Flaa is in her sixth year of teaching at Earle Brown Elementary STEAM but prior to teaching, she worked in the film industry. She combined her two interests, teaching and filmmaking, and earned a master’s degree in educational technology.
Flaa was encouraged to accept a position at EBE by her mom, who was a special education teacher at EBE 45 years ago. Flaa said she describes her classroom as a family.
“We support each other, care for each other, respect each other and celebrate one another,” Flaa said. “It is important that students feel safe and loved in the classroom. When they feel respected and trusted they can be successful in school.”
Earlier this school year, Flaa gave an assignment to her students to author their own book titled “American Veterans.” Second grade teacher Sue Foote nominated Flaa for Centaur Staff Recognition because she demonstrates the core value of honoring each person’s intrinsic value enhances our community.
“Eden made it possible for her students to experience the thrill of being published authors,” Foote said. “Eden encouraged and supported her students all the way through this project.”
The students’ book was turned into a hard copy book available for purchase. So far, 26 books have been sold. Flaa organized a book-signing party in the media center for families and friends to get their book signed by the talented second grade students.
“I am motivated to brighten my students’ day,” Flaa said. “There is a lot going on in the world and often one positive affirmation, compliment, hug or smile can make that day stand out as good. I also reach out to families and build a team to support their child. I can’t do it all alone, but when we come together to support each other, great things can happen.”