What school do you teach at?
North Fremont High School.
What department are you with and what classes do you teach?
Agriculture department, I teach welding one and two, advanced welding, and metal fabrication, an introductory course to seventh and eighth grade students, a freshman agricultural mechanics class, an agricultural power and technology class, a small engines class, an aquaculture class, and a fish and wildlife class.
How long have you been teaching in general? At the school you are at now?
I’ve taught for eight years and been teaching here for six years.
What made you decide to be a teacher?
I love seeing people learn new things, to be able to watch students make connections from themselves to real world application is amazing.
What do you enjoy about being a teacher?
I enjoy seeing that I made a difference in a student’s life.
What are some challenges?
The biggest challenge is time, there is not enough time in a day to prepare for and teach students. Another challenge is student perspective on their role in school. Many students appear to want to get a “good grade” but are not willing to put in the effort needed to succeed.
What is an experience you have had as a teacher that stands out to you?
Over the short time that I have taught, I would say that the experience that has stood out most to me is seeing students come and tell me what they are doing after they leave high school. I love seeing my students succeed in life.
Why did you decide to teach at the school you are currently at?
I love learning. I find things that students teach me every day, I teach the classes I teach because I get to learn and grow in many areas of my life.
What is something interesting about you most of your students don’t know?
I am good at tying animal/shaped balloon. I can make hats, birds, dogs, cats, many different items out of balloons.
What are some things that are different in the education system now compared to when you first started teaching/when you were a student?
The internet and internet access when I was in school cell phones where just starting to become something that people had. If I wanted to search the internet for something, it was on a desktop computer.