“I wanted to touch a larger amount of students,” said Bua. “So I went into the counseling program at The Citadel while teaching at Burns. Eventually I got the position at Belle Hall as the school counselor. It gave me a broader range of population to serve and help.”
Bua’s serves as a counselor, teacher, and helps with administrative duties.
I consider myself as a sparkle spreader,” said Bua. “I tell them it is a class about life. We’re learning to be the best we can be each and every day.”
Bua’s unique style of teaching includes unveiling a Hug-O-Meter. Every time she gets a hug from a student, she uses a clicker to log it. Her goal is to have over 10,000 clicks by the end of the year and have a Hug Celebration.
Bua also stresses the importance of leadership and the identities of a leader.
I want them to learn that leaders work hard and plan for success,” said Bua. “Leaders respect others and collaborate to make the world a better place. I am helping them to learn, live and work.”
“The secret is to stay positive and enthusiastic in our jobs as teachers. We should be ‘star polishers’ in that we shine our little stars (students) every year and help every child to be their own shining star. My goal is to touch the lives of every child I meet and shower them with encouragement and praise.”
Bua said the recognition is a great culmination to 27 years in education.