Where do you teach? W. R. McNeill Elementary School in the Bowling Green Independent School District
What subject(s)/grade(s) do you teach? Kindergarten
How many years have you taught? 9 years
Why did you become a teacher? There was never another option. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in the 2nd grade. Being at school brought comfort to me. My teachers nurtured me and encouraged me. I wanted to do the same.
What has been the best part of teaching that you didn’t expect when entering the profession? The best part about teaching is the influence that you get to have on others around you. I wanted and expected to have an influence on my students. I never thought about being an influence on the people around me. When I’m positive, they are positive. When I don’t show that I am overwhelmed. That rubs off also. It’s been a great opportunity to see myself reflected in other people. It’s been a reward that I never thought about or expected. I am thankful.
What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about what you do? I wish non-teachers knew that I did more than teach reading, writing, and math. I wish non-teachers knew that I change mindsets about daily living, about relationships, and about who others are as people.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is having learned how to understand other people’s points of view. This has shaped my everyday life as a teacher.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t teaching? My favorite thing to do when I’m not teaching is to travel with my family.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? My superpower would be to make other people happy or at ease… ALWAYS. It’s never fun when there are sad, bad, or anxious moods in the air.