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The interview I conducted with Nanci Brillant, Osceola County 2013 Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the state of Florida. The interview lasted about 45 minutes from start to finish, and during that process, I tried to be an active and engaged listener. I did have to remember to make eye contact; it is not a regular habit yet. Because I had reviewed my questions thoroughly, I was comfortable with our talking. The challenge was trying gather all of the information in one sitting. And sometimes when we were conversing, being able to relate or make personal connections.

There were three main points concerning listening that I took away from the interview process with Ms. Brillant: Listening as a skill, Filtering through what you have listened to, and moving forward with a decisions after you have listened and filtered.

I realized after talking with her that it is hard to listen. It is most definitely a skill, as she stated in her interview, and people have to be taught to listen. Her example about listening in the classroom made me realize that it really must be a skill to be aware of what is happening in the classroom at the same time you are “listening” to someone and giving them your full attention.

When she spoke about filtering, I realized how important it was sift through the information that was being presented and sort it, usually by order of urgency or importance.

Moving forward with a decision was the final point she discussed that I had not really thought about before, but it made sense. She stated that after a person actively listens, and then filtered out what was important, they had to move forward with a decision, especially as a classroom teacher. It almost seemed that some professions like teaching have decisions embedded in decisions, all based from listening.

I think she was right when she said that these three things can’t be divided and still have an expected, successful outcome.

During the process of interviewing her, it really surprised me that the amount of decisions a teacher makes in the classroom is probably in the hundreds, through the course of a day with 7 classes. That is staggering. And to hope that all of them are good …. That is a career where I can see that listening is an invaluable skill.

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Nanci- yeah I would say so. Students need to be listened to so that you can judge what your next step is. Parents, in the K through 12 environments need to also be listened to since they are a stakeholder. Teaching I guess like any organization, you must listen to your chain of command my principal as an example. You must be able to act on what knowledge you glean from your conversations. Because teaching a classroom of twenty-five—no matter what the age group—requires hundreds of micro-decisions daily, and without listening the wrong choices would often be made. Listening, filtering the information and moving forward is a three-step process that cannot be divided and still having the same outcomes. Think of it this way. If a person assumes they know all of the information and makes decisions and choices, what are the odds that they will be making the right decisions without all of the information? Does that make sense?

Julia- yeah in the beginning about the 5minute mark.

The three things that I picked out from the interview is how important listening between teacher and parent actually is. The next thing is how students and teachers listening habits can affect the social outcome. And the last thing is how technology plays a role in listening and as a distraction as well.

Key point learned from interview: The importance of teacher and parent communication has been widely recognized and Ms. Brillant mentioned how important it is to listen to parents, since they are stakeholders. This article discusses a study that shows when teachers are given instruction in listening to parents, significant listening benefits and communication are achieved.

Key point learned from the interview: Children’s talking and listening skills in the classroom is vital to the educational process. This study reviews children’s and teacher’s listening habits and how it affected learning and social outcome.

Key point learned from the interview: Technology and systems to aid in listening and filtering information are critical to a successful classroom. This interview discusses how students can use computers and technology better, for example, in a computer lab where students need support learning a language.



Bosacki, S., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Coplan, R. J. (2014). Children’s talking and listening within the classroom: teachers’ insights. Early Child Development            & Care, 184(2), 247-265.



McNaughton, D., Hamlin, D., McCarthy, J., Head-Reeves, D., & Schreiner, M.           (2007). Learning to Listen: Teaching an Active Listening Strategy to     Preservice Education Professionals. Topics In Early Childhood Special         Education, 27(4), 223-231.


Zou, B. (2013). Teachers’ support in using computers for developing students’         listening and speaking skills in pre-sessional English courses. Computer      Assisted Language Learning, 26(1), 83-99.



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It took me awhile to figure out whom I would like to interview. Once Professor Stone said we could not do any Rollins Faculty it made me think outside of school. The person I wish to interview is Nanci Brillant. I picked her because I heard how wonderful of a teacher she was but never had her. Nanci was born in Boston. She also went to a local high school called Winter Haven High School. Some background information on Nanci, she worked for First Commercial Bank for a few years. Then after that she began teaching. She has been a teacher in Osceola and Polk County for 17 years. She teaches Intensive Reading, English, AP Literature, AP Language, AP Art History, Speech, Journalism, Art History & Criticism Honors, Art in World Cultures, among other things.

She was the 2013 Osceola County Teacher of the Year and a 2013 Finalist for the state of Florida. She was also the Professional and Technical High School’s teacher of the year for 2016. She writes curriculum for several national companies and is also an adjunct professor at Polk State College. She is also a published author and an editor. She is also published poet. She has done greeting cards and calendar with a company called Blue Mountain Arts. Before education Nanci was in banking, she worked for First Commercial Bank. Some things that interest her are horses and dogs. She has a daughter named Morgan who is a senior in high school.


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Julia Ingler

Questions for Interviewee

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  1. How has your education prepared you for career?

I picked this question to learn how education played a role in ones life

  1. What’s your greatest weakness?

This question really makes you think, and what you need to improve on.

  1. If you could go in the past what would you change?

Learning about the past of someone’s life, and help you see why they are the person they are today.

  1. What is your dream job?

Everyone has a dream, picked this so I can see what they want for the future.

  1. What motivates you?

Motivation is key in a workforce any everyday life.

  1. Who has influenced to become the person you are today?

Everyone has a role model, want to know why they picked that certain person.