Spotlight

Brittany Hickman

Brittany Hickman, 27, lives in Killeen and teaches at Harker Heights High School.

What is your job title?

I am a 10th-grade English teacher and an AP English VIII teacher for 11th grade.

How long have you been teaching?

This year is my second year on the high school level, and before that I was teaching on the elementary level. My high school teacher made a lasting impression on me. I enjoy the academic rigor of high school class poetry, theater — all aspects that I really love. Hopefully I’ll make a lasting impression for my students.

What brought you to the area?

My husband is in the military and he got stationed here at Fort Hood in 2016.

How long have you been married?

I have been married to my wonderful husband for the past two years.

Where are you from originally?

I am from all over; I was a military brat. However, I did my schooling in Virginia.

Where did you and your husband meet?

I met my husband in Germany; it later became a long-distance relationship throughout college.

Do you have any siblings?

I have three younger brothers — a 24-year-old in Virginia, a 22-year-old in the Air Force and the youngest brother, who lives in Maryland with my parents; he is 17 years old.

Tell me about your parents.

My dad is currently coaching martial arts and he teaches military history at the Naval Academy. He will be retiring this summer at the same time as my brother graduating.

What made you start teaching?

Teaching my oldest sibling; I loved it. I enjoyed reading to my little brother growing up; it was so cool to me. Growing up I was a camp counselor and I was a babysitter. I later decided to go to college and get a degree in education. I am thankful to my brothers, they helped me pursue what I am passionate about.

What do you like about Harker Heights?

I like that it is a diverse population and it has a huge military presence. I like that it is a really nice, friendly environment. People are really welcoming; it is a nice, pretty town. I enjoy the local hiking trails. This area is a really pretty area.

What do you dislike about this area?

The people make the place. I have made some really good friends out here and there isn’t anything I really dislike about this place.

What is the last book that you read?

The last book that I read was, “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie that I saw was “Thor.”

What community work do you do?

I help out with my church, Vintage Church.

I also help out whenever my school needs me.

What are some of your beliefs in teaching?

I believe that the parent and teacher both should work together for the benefit of the child. Every child is unique and each child matters and it takes alto to make things happen for them.

I believe that we should never lose sight on what matters and both parents and teachers should always take time out for our kids.

Invest in your kids and when you do that, your kids are going to be so much more successful because they will know that they are loved and cared for.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I hope to see myself still teaching. I enjoy helping children to figure out who they are and boosting their self-esteem.

I have always loved literature and I get to share my love for this subject with my students every day.

Twila Hill is a Herald correspondent.

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