Teacher Spotlight

Grade: 6th l Subject: LA/Reading


Sunset Middle School

Williamson County, Tennessee


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

My dad.  My dad is a great leader.  He has always allowed freedom from his employees and trusted them implicitly.  At the same time, he expects quality work to be done.


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

If I were to do something other than teach, I would open a tea shop.

Grade: HS   l   Subject: HIstory

Kirtland Central High School

Kirtland, Ohio


If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
I would have Gandhi as my principal. He was the greatest example of putting others before yourself and working together for a greater cause. He taught that in order to institute true change, one must lead by example and not just by word.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
I would attempt to be a museum curator. I love history and being around ancient artifacts and it would still allow me to utilize my both my love of history and my love of teaching by developing great displays and tours through the museum.
Grade: HS   l   Subject: Psych/Sociology


Cooper City High School
Cooper City, Florida


What are three things every teacher should own?

FLEXIBILITY....PATIENCE....HUMOR (you didn't say it HAD to be material things....


What stereotype about teachers is true?

A GOOD teacher does NOT get paid for what they are worth in a teenager's life and yet wouldn't trade with anyone what they accomplish.

Grade: MS  l  Subject: Special Ed


Coral Springs Middle School
Broward County, Florida


How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was about 10 years old. I have two younger sisters and in the summer I held school (play school) with them and several neighborhood kids. We read and drew, and did creative projects. Then I ran a Carnival for a show called Sunny Fox and raised $20.00 for physically handicapped children. My name was announced on our little black and white t.v. and I knew then, this is what I was born to do.


When I was 12, there was a severely physically disabled young man that lived 1/2 mile away. I remember meeting him and his mom and feeling such sadness for Tony, that I became his one and only friend. Several days a week after school, I walked to his house and read to him and taught him how to use his feet to hold a pencil to write words out to me. This experience became my confirmation that I was born to be a Special Education Teacher." Now 37 years later, the passion still burns in me as I enter my 38th year of teaching Special Education kids.

Grade: HS   l   Subject: English


Campbell County High School
Gillette, Wyoming


What is the greatest misconception about teachers?
I think that students don't realize that we are indeed human.


Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
I love the Penny Project, where students collect a penny for each year of their life and then describe an event in their life to match that year.  They then attach all the pennies to an object which defines who they are. I have done this project for almost 20 years.

Teacher Spotlight Ms. Barbara Allsopp
Grade: HS   l   Subject: LA/SS/SPED


Middletown High School
Middletown, Delaware


What stereotype about teachers is true?

What is true about teachers is that they have an impact on the future generations. I don't think this is realized as much as it should be.


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

The teacher that really stands out to me as I reflect on my education was Mrs. Allshouse. She never accepted any work below her high standard in high school English. In college, the teacher that stands out to me was Dr. Nagle who was very well versed in learning disabilities and gave me a greater insight in helping learning disabled students as I studied for my master's degree.



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