Shunna Bradford

TEACHER
OF THE YEAR

Shunna Bradford

Moreno Elementary School
Moreno Valley USD
 

MESSAGE

“I thank God for teaching me I can do all things through Him because He strengthens me. I’m thankful for my family of cheerleaders: husband Bryan, children Bryson, Michael, and Makayla, my praying mother, Mary Williams, and my editing bestie, Shari Crain. Sincere appreciation to high school teachers: Annetta Lawrence, Roseamy Gross, and Elois McGehee. They strengthened my weaknesses and nurtured my capabilities and gifts. I owe gratitude to my students who daily present me with new learning experiences through laughing, dancing, singing, and sometimes crying. We’re never bored! People say, “It takes a special person to work with people who have special needs.” I say, “It takes love and kindness.” At Moreno Elementary, servitude comes easy when administrator, Nancy Allbee, staff, and parents, thrive on developing a welcoming, engaging, and collaborative community. California Teacher of the Year Finalist offers me my greatest year ever, until next year! For this honor, I am grateful!”

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Shunna Bradford
Moreno Elementary School
Moreno Valley USD

MESSAGE: “I thank God for teaching me I can do all things through Him because He strengthens me. I’m thankful for my family of cheerleaders: husband Bryan, children Bryson, Michael, and Makayla, my praying mother, Mary Williams, and my editing bestie, Shari Crain. Sincere appreciation to high school teachers: Annetta Lawrence, Roseamy Gross, and Elois McGehee. They strengthened my weaknesses and nurtured my capabilities and gifts. I owe gratitude to my students who daily present me with new learning experiences through laughing, dancing, singing, and sometimes crying. We’re never bored! People say, “It takes a special person to work with people who have special needs.” I say, “It takes love and kindness.” At Moreno Elementary, servitude comes easy when administrator, Nancy Allbee, staff, and parents, thrive on developing a welcoming, engaging, and collaborative community. California Teacher of the Year Finalist offers me my greatest year ever, until next year! For this honor, I am grateful!”


Biography

Mrs. Shunna Bradford’s classroom is all about finding teachable moments and teaching with integrity. Her fourth and fifth grade special education students learn skills with direct realworld applications, such as cooking, cleaning, and socializing. These skills foster personal growth and allow her students to connect with the world around them. Mrs. Bradford recounts having a difficult childhood and rising above her underprivileged station with support from her community. Through teaching, she continues that legacy of care and support, inside and outside the classroom, by encouraging students to become teachers to their peers. Mrs. Bradford’s mantra of “love is kind” shines through in her numerous community-building projects. Whether it is cleaning up trash at the local park with the Friday Night Live Kids, or helping stock shelves at the grocery store with her students, in Mrs. Bradford’s own words, “we are building mutual benefit in our community and building character in our community.”