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- By Arya, Newsteam ContributorTwo years ago, I was very lucky to have Ms. Alcorn as my seventh-grade English teacher. She teaches English, History, and leadership at Hart Middle School. She taught me many valuable lessons about not only English but also about other skills that I will use forever. Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing her about her experiences as a teacher. Here’s a sneak peek.Why did you decide to become a teacher?I loved my first-grade teacher, so much so that I wanted to change my first name to her’s. My strong relationships with my educators only continued; I still write letters and keep in touch with my second-grade teacher, and I’ll never forget when Coach Case remembered my favorite band during my junior year. These relationships were so important to me growing up that I wanted to pay it forward and create even more connections.What inspired your interest in English, History, and Leadership?My love of reading and writing for reflection locked in my love for English.History always fascinated me as I discovered the stories often untold and saw the same patterns repeated in new ways. Additionally, seeing ages of acceptance and cultural diffusion in history gives me hope for the future, as I hope it gives my students.My connection to leadership is hard to describe. I’m not really sure why I gravitate to it, but I always have; I was a leadership student in both seventh and eighth grade myself. Maybe it was those positive and challenging experiences that have drawn me back to it at Hart?What is your favorite part of teaching?I love seeing my students accomplish tasks and challenges that they originally considered almost impossible. I also love seeing them make connections between each other, alongside their connections to our content.What is the hardest part about being a teacher?The grading! The grading is always done behind the scenes, so when I thought of teaching, I knew that part would be challenging, but my teachers had made it seem seamless. Maybe this is why I check in with my students and remind them that I’m not a grading robot and need time to be thoughtful in my review of their work, especially writing.If you taught another subject, what would it be?If there were room in my schedule at some point, I’d love to teach a reading or writing skills class with a smaller group of students. I could also see myself teaching AVID or a character-based skills for success class. If I had the credential, I could also see myself teaching science, as AP Biology was my favorite course in high school.
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