Mr. Dustin Anderson Is The Recipient Of The Crystal Apple Award

Mrs. Tamara Smith

Dustin has been teaching for 5 years. He started his first year at Santaquin Elementary and then moved to his favorite job yet,at Brookside Elementary. He loves it so much that he will be a lifer here, as long as he gets to keep his big windowed classroom ;) 

Here is Dustin's story about why he became a teacher: Sarah Matis was the first reason I wanted to be a teacher.  I still remember one time I opened the door for our class going to the library and Mrs. Matis thanked me and told me how I was such a gentlemen for doing it.  In addition to several instances such as that she was constantly lifting other students up and helping them see the positive.  She made everyone feel like they were valued,  it was a lot of small things that made a difference in my life like that that I wanted to do for others.  Also,  seeing the change and impact on others I had teaching on my mission in Japan played a role in it as well and realizing that I enjoyed doing it. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and change people's lives like mine had been.