Interview with Ms. Gardner, 7th grade ELA

Jagen Barrett, Writer

Ms. Gardner is a very fun teacher who loves what she does. She loves her students and co-teachers. She loves coming to work every day. She also loves to see past students who were in her class. She has wanted to be a teacher almost her entire life and she is fulfilling her dream right now. She loves talking to her students about things. We had a great time talking during the interview. She has always loved school and had a passion to be a teacher. She told me there have been many once-in-a-lifetime memories that she has made while teaching. I also loved talking to her.

Tell me about your first day as a teacher.

“I was nervous that I was not going to be good at it but when my students came into the room I knew everything was going to be good.”

What is the funniest moment you’ve had as a teacher?

“I don’t really know.”

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself in your first year of teaching?

“I would tell myself that it is good for me to remember that I can always have a plan but it can change very easily.”

When and why did you want to become a teacher?

“I wanted to become a teacher because my teacher in high school really made an impact on me.”

How would you like your students to remember you?

“I want them to remember me as someone who made the class fun with my students even if they didn’t like English.”

Was there ever a teacher that had a big influence on you?

“Yeah, my English teacher back in high school Mrs. Allford, and my band teacher Mr. Aaron.”

How is teaching different from what you imagined it to be?

 “Some days it is a lot more fun than I thought it would be and some days it is more difficult than I thought it would be.”

How long have you wanted to teach?

“Since I was in first grade.”

Was there ever a moment you didn’t want to be a teacher?

“Yes because when I went to college I got my first degree in Journalism not teaching.”

Do you like teaching?

“Yes, I love teaching.”

How long did you go to school to become a teacher?

“I went to school for 7 years but my teaching degree was only 3.”

 When you were a student, did you like school?

“Yes, I loved school.”

Would you ever quit teaching?

“Yeah, someday because I want to get another degree.”

What is your greatest memory as a teacher?

 “I like being able to see students from the past and getting to see how they have grown.”

Have you ever taught anywhere else?

  “I have only taught at the high school and here.”