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L a n g u a g e A r t s T e a c h e r,
The Villages Charter Middle School
Q. What brought you to The Villages?
A. We moved to the Village of Lake Deaton in the fall of
2016. My husband and I bought the house next to his
parents, who moved here several years prior. We had
been visiting and liked it, so when my husband had the
opportunity for a buyout from his job, he retired and
we moved from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Q. When did you decide to pursue a career
A. I think I always wanted to be a teacher. I did briefly
consider becoming a stewardess, but that went away.
If anyone inspired me, it was my third-grade teacher.
She was phenomenal and I just adored her. I can still
picture her. In third grade, I kept all of my workbooks
and set up my own classroom in my basement.
Q. What grades and subjects have you taught?
A. I've always taught middle school - sixth, seventh
or eighth grade. I've done mostly language arts and
Q. After moving to The Villages, what made you
decide to teach again?
A. There's something about being a teacher. When the
school supply lists came out in August, I just felt this
tug on my heart. If you don't have a classroom or kids
coming back, it's just kind of sad. I was acclimating
and becoming a Villager, and my husband and I were
doing social and recreational activities. But when the
school year rolled around, I decided I wanted to go
back to work. I found a position, applied for it and here
Q. Tell me about your students.
A. They're a little bit of everything, but not all at once.
Middle-schoolers may be very sweet and innocent one day
and fiercely independent on other days. It's interesting to
work with them because of their perspectives.
Q. What does a typical day in the classroom look like?
A. All sorts of things happen. Middle school kids come to
class with a lot of things on their minds. So while we focus
on education, I may have to stop and deal with their social
situations. We have to deal with fixing broken hearts and all
of that stuff that is so very serious for them. We try to get
them to put that stuff in perspective and at the same time,
tune into why we are here. You have to respect them, but also
guide them back to our classroom goals.
Q. How do you motivate your students?
A. Knowing they are social, I try to get them working together
- giving them some freedom to choose their seats or to sit
next to a friend. That's a big reward for them, and they want
to work toward that. But they need to be active. They're not
going to sit there with their hands folded, soaking it all in. My
job is to challenge them, to give them something to do.
Q. Do your students inspire you?
A. Absolutely! We have a lot of diversity. We were studying
Rosa Parks when a student brought up Claudette Colvin, a
lesser-known woman who came before Rosa Parks and also
challenged the law in refusing to give up her seat on the bus.
It was encouraging to see that this student had taken the
information we learned in class and did her own research
to learn more at home. Many of our students love to share
information like this, to dig a little deeper.
Q. What do you do outside of the classroom?
A. My husband and I are part of the South of Sixty Club. We
do things with them - picnics, excursions and other outings.
I'm part of The Villages Genealogy Society and we love Disney
so we enjoy being close to that as well.
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