Education


I have always announced with pride to my parents, "I am one of you."

I, like your child, attended Nocatee Elementary School as a young child. The memories that flood my mind as I walk through the halls still astounds me. As I progressed through my education career I graduated from DeSoto High School. I continued from DeSoto High to pursue my passion as a teacher, to be accepted into South Florida Community College. After receiving my Associates degree I was accepted into Florida Gulf Coast University. After 5 years of struggling through class meetings, essays, projects, and exams I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. It was, by far, one of the proudest days in my life.



Experience

My entire teaching career has been at Nocatee Elementary School!

 

I walked into my first classroom as a teacher in August of 2004. I was so proud to hold the attendance rooster with my name at the top where the teacher’s name was typed. Although, my attendance record keeping has changed, I am I still in awe that I hold such a valued position within so many lives.

I began teaching in 3rd grade, when the FCAT was the deciding factor of a child passing to 4th or being retained. I was then asked to move to 2nd, to use my experience as a 3rd grade teacher to best prepare a group of 2nd graders for their following year. Only once since then have I “left” 2nd grade, but I quickly came back.

As a teacher I have watched various programs come and go. I have been involved in various committees, professional development, and many other aspects of being your child’s teacher. Although, despite the change of how I am told to do things, to present or teach things, or even the change of materials one thing remains constant throughout the years……..

Your child’s education and uniqueness as a person has always and will always be the primary factor that drives the next change.



Bio

My name is Brandy McHargue, but changed to Mrs. Burtscher after I married my husband. I have lived the majority of my life in DeSoto County as you have read on my other pages. Because of how I was raised I enjoy what any other DeSoto County girl enjoys; anything recreational that requires the outdoors.

I have two daughters; Arabella who is now in 1st grade, and Abrianna who just turned 7 months old. The joys of being a mother have exceeded my expectations 10 fold. My favorite time with them is at night when the day’s chores are over and I can concentrate on each one of them solely without interruption.

Knowing how much I love my girls and wanting the best for them, makes me humble to be your child’s teacher. Being a mother myself, I understand that time with your “baby” is special. I understand that within a week day I spend more time with your child than you do as the parent. My motherly instinct makes this realization sad to me, but please know that I will take care of your “baby”. Please know, too, that I appreciate the confidence you have bestowed on me to care for your child. Because of this I hope to always keep a very “open” line of communication with you. Even the good stuff!