East Elem. teachers kick off year dressed as Einstein for science class

East Elementary School fourth grade teachers April Dean and Jada Mitchell dressed as Albert Einstein to kick off the start of school this year. (Photo courtesy of Cullman City Schools)

CULLMAN, Ala. – What’s a good lesson to take to heart when learning about science? There are no bad questions! 
A pair of East Elementary School fourth grade teachers brought that point to life as Cullman City Schools kicked off the 2021-2022 school year over the past week, showing up on the first day dressed as Albert Einstein himself to the delight of students. Fourth grade teachers April Dean and Jada Mitchell sported white lab coats, tall, white-haired wigs and flowing white mustaches to welcome students in with a bit of scientific flair.  
“We’re learning that we’re all scientists because we ask questions and investigate to find the answers,” Dean explained. “That’s just what Albert Einstein did. He was actually expelled for asking too many questions. Our students came in giggling and excited when they saw us dressed up in costumes.” 
Dean noted Mitchell came up with the idea, which proved a great way to get students interested in what they’ll be learning this year. 
“April and I love any way to enhance student engagement and get them excited about our class,” Mitchell said. 
After kicking things off with the Einstein costumes, the teachers are planning to next transform their classrooms into hospitals as part of a study of the human body.