Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight
Posted on 05/11/2017
Employee Spotlight

My path to teaching started with my passion for music. I have always been passionate about music, having begun playing piano at the age of four and french horn at ten. For the majority of middle school and high school, I was preparing to be a professional musician. In college, I majored in music education and horn performance to give myself options, as I was not fully sure of what musical direction and career I would eventually pursue. 

During my freshman year, I was placed at Hand Middle School, a low income school in downtown Columbia. Over the course of my time observing in that classroom, my passion for the students grew as well as my excitement to teach my own someday. One moment in particular that stood out to me was when a student that had been struggling for weeks on flute, not even being able to make a sound, finally understood what to do and was able to play. The joy that everyone in that room experienced was unforgettable. The band director had patiently daily coached the student along, never giving up on him when for weeks he was unsuccessful, encouraging the student to try many different ways even when he wanted to give up. At that point, I then understood why I was meant to be a teacher; not to teach kids music (while I am passionate about that), but instead to be a positive and patient voice to every child, daily coaching them to press on when others or even when they have given up themselves. 

 

School Logo
Employee Portal
  • Language