The Voice of Wakefield High School

Staff Photo by Maya Schindler


Q: What was your educational background?

A: I attended Blue Field College in the Northern part of Virginia. I studied Physiology and I taught for a couple of years after that and then I decided to go back and get my masters in education and I went to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Q: What’s one impact you want to make on students?

A: I want to get students excited about their teacher. I don’t expect every student to know exactly what they want to do, but I want to introduce opportunities. 

Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?

A: I would be a realtor. I am actually studying to get my license. It’s what I plan to do when I’m not teaching. 

Q: Why do you like teaching the two subjects that you teach?

A: I like teaching CTE slash, elective classes. I want to give the students an opportunity to learn and have fun with it and not the normal teaching core classes. 

Q: How did you get into teaching?

A: I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I don’t [remember] a time [where] I did not want to be a teacher. 

Q: How do you motivate students?

A: I get to know my students. I get to know what they like and I try to incorporate that into their learning. I try to incorporate that into our conversations. So just connecting with them and making them feel comfortable. 

Q: Why did you start to work for the school district or the school?

A: I am from North Carolina, but I’ve been in Virginia my entire adult life and my parents are just getting older and my husband’s parents are getting older. We chose to live in Raleigh because that puts us in the middle of both of our families. 

Q: Do you have a favorite show or movie?

A: I love reality shows. It just takes me away.

Q: Do you have a favorite song or artist?

A: I have a favorite song, she’s a new artist. When I was teaching in Virginia at the beginning of the pandemic, you know we all went home in March, and then we just tried to figure it out. Andra Day has this song called “Rise Up” and I recorded my video just letting them [the students] know how much I missed them and how much things are going to change and it’s going to get better. That song was in my background, that song is on my website now for all my students and my parents to see how much it means to me. 

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