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Teacher of the Month: Briana Gibson, Dothan Preparatory Academy

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“Special Education is my passion and my drive. Coming up with new ways to teach 14 students with different personalities and disabilities motivates me as a whole,” shares this month’s Teacher of the Month Briana Gibson.

Ms. Gibson teaches 7th and 8th-grade students with special needs at Dothan Preparatory Academy. “I keep my students motivated by ensuring learning is hands-on and always engaged. I want my students always to love to learn and get excited to be in the classroom.”

“Being nominated [as Teacher of the Month] makes me feel happy about making a difference,” said Ms. Gibson. Her passion for hands-on teaching is not only making a huge difference in her classroom but also for the entire school.

Dothan Prep Wolf Pack Cafe is coming to the faculty and staff this year. This will be a cafe run by Ms. Gibson’s students. It will allow them to learn how to work a cash register, take inventory of items, socially communicate with adults to take orders, count cash, and so many other tasks.

Currently, the cafe will be open every other Friday, and her students will serve hot lunches to the faculty and staff. Ms. Gibson is also hoping to add daily snack options to the cafe. However, she needs to raise a little more support to help this part of the cafe become a reality. If you have questions about how to support this initiative, we invite you to contact Ms. Gibson at brgibson@ dothan.k12.al.us.

Our Teacher of the Month raved about how amazing Dothan Prep’s support system has been. Her creative ideas almost always have the opportunity to be birthed and the comrade built among all the Exceptional Student Services teachers has helped cultivate a culture of support, encouragement and love.

As a native of Los Angeles, California, Ms. Gibson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University of Long Beach. She then received her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Phoenix and a Special Education degree at Walden University. She plans to further her education by getting a National Certification in Special Education.


Briana has been teaching for fourteen years. She believes family relationships are incredibly important. When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling with her three children, especially to California, where her parents still live. Briana’s other hobbies include cooking, scrapbooking, puzzles, and visiting the casino.

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Teacher of the Month: Briana Gibson, Dothan Preparatory Academy

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