Brandie Gardner’s students appreciate their teacher’s ability to always be kind. She doesn’t yell, and when things get hard, as one student said, “She never says, ‘Do it yourself.’” Instead, anytime Gardner walks into a room, she asks if there is something she can do to help. Parents say Gardner’s skills make Bell View a happier place to be. She is the face of optimism in all her roles. That includes membership on the Building Leadership Team, the adviser of the Student Council and manager of the Safety Patrol. With Gardner, every day is a new day and a new start. That’s why she’s Bell View’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.