PEARL CITY (WREX) – The fourth graders at Pearl City Elementary School get to do their school work in a quiet and soothing atmosphere.
Their soft-spoken teacher Allison Brouhard brings a certain warmth and kindness to the classroom, and the students love her for it.
“A calm and soothing environment, many times she has soft music playing in the background,” Pearl City Elementary Principal Chris Wallace said.
Wallace said Brouhard works hard every single day to give her students the best lessons, and to make them feel comfortable enough to forget all their worries.
Brouhard also makes her classroom a place to learn about giving, especially around the holidays.
“For the last several years we chose Heifer International to raise money,” she said. “To collect money and make a donation from our class.”
She said she starting doing the donations a few years back instead of having the students do a gift exchange, and now more and more teachers around the school are joining in on the tradition.
Brouhard is known as a giving teacher around the school, and even uses her own money to make sure families in need have a happy holiday.
“She cares about many of our families who are needy in the community too, as I was saying she will spend her own money to buy students clothes or things they need,” Wallace said. “And at this holiday time she actually made a pretty big purchase for a whole family and really wanted to make sure they had the best Christmas ever.”
She even gives her spare time to her students. Brouhard said she goes to at least one of each of her student’s extracurricular events, like hockey games, swim meets and cheerleading events a year.
One of her students, Clayton Downs, said driving 40 minutes to come to his hockey games shows that Brouhard cares a lot about him.
He said his favorite thing about his teacher is her humor, and the dance parties they have in class.
When the students have to sit in the classroom for two hours or more, Brouhard said sometimes they turn up the music and have a quick dance party to get the students moving before they get back to work.
“They love it, and they remember it and that’s what they talk about ” Brouhard said.