Mrs. Jessica Piper

Mrs. Jessica Piper

Spring Garden Middle School
St. Joseph, MO

Teaching Motto: Git 'R Done

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

My high school Biology teacher, Mr. Highfield. He seemed to take an interest in me, and even thought that I was semi-smart=) That really was the first time a teacher made me feel good about myself...and that was my junior year of high school!

What are three things every teacher should own?

A good pencil sharpener; A laptop; An evil eye that can be employed in a moment's notice.

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

Andy Griffith...who in the world would be more sympathetic and fair? Love him! Props to Lara Gilpin, my current (and lovely) principal =)

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

Stay-at-home mom, chef, nurse, writer, librarian, speaker, gardener, coach, beach bum...I'll be busy in retirement =)

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity

I love, love, love my lesson based on Sandra Cisnernos's vignette, "Hairs". Figurative language galore!

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

That we are paid for our summer vacations...don't even go there!

What stereotype about teachers is true?

That we shush and correct random children in public. I've been known to ask a teenager to take his hoodie off his head in the mall--it really was a knee-jerk reaction =)

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I didn't know until late...I was going to law school. Everyone kept telling me what a great teacher I would make. I don't know if I'm great, but I sure do enjoy my job, and I think my kids can see that everyday. And, who needs $250 an hour anyway?

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