Ms. Whitney Ingram

 

Ms. Whitney IngramHoly Spirit Prep

Atlanta, Georgia


Teaching Motto:  "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." -- Socrates

 

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?


My favorite teacher was a college professor, Dr. May. She taught Cognitive Psychology, and her class was known around campus as "impossible to ace!" This woman was a wealth of knowledge. She set high expectations for herself and for her students. She was willing to help you as much as you were willing to go out of your way to elicit help. After getting an A in Dr. May's class I knew I could do anything that I put my mind to.


What are three things every teacher should own?


1.)  A computer

2.)  A stash of chocolate and diet coke

3.)  A comfortable pair of shoes


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


Jesus...he would be the most inspirational and motivational principal, and I'm pretty sure that he would be forgiving if I made a mistake.


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

 

Psychologist or Sales (but it would have to be a product that I felt passionate about).


Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity


I have an excellent economics "real-life" activity in which students receive an inheritance check from a wealthy uncle. They then have to make a series of real-life choices (ex. pay for a college degree, or bank the money and go straight to work...though job selection depends on qualifications). They then participate in a job interview with volunteers from our administration, make lifestyle choices (house/apartment, car/public transportation, etc.) that impact their savings account. I still get parent e-mails from students that participated in this years ago, thanking me for the life-long lessons taught throughout the unit!


What is the greatest misconception about teachers?


My students wrongly believe that I don't wish for snow days or count down to spring break the way that they do! That we strive to "trick" students, or that teaching could not have been my top choice...it must have been a fallback profession.


What stereotype about teachers is true?


Your trash is our treasure! We never feel that we have enough time to get through everything. We have the most difficult time throwing anything away!


How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?


I LOVE children, I LOVE to learn, and I REMEMBER how difficult it was to learn from a teacher that was not passionate about her vocation!


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