For our first addition of 'Staff Spotlight', the staff chosen was 7th grade language arts teacher Dr. Amy Pritts. I had the privilege of interviewing her. Here is what she said:
Q: I'm going to start off by asking you to tell me a bit about yourself so anyone who doesn't know you can get an idea on who you are.
A: Well I'm old, I've been teaching for over 40 years. I've taught in eight states [and] every grade except third, including university and GED. I have two kids, two dogs, a cat and a husband.
Q: Is there anyone or anything that influenced you to become a teacher? If so, why?
A: Yes. His name was Mr Gorvine. He was my third grade reading teacher. Mr Gorvine taught me how to read in the third grade. I could not read before that. He's the one who showed me what teaching was and what it could do and its impact it could have on others.
Q: What motivates you to keep teaching?
A: The kids.
Q: Is there an achievement that you want to or already have achieved during your time as a teacher?
A: There is, my dissertation I have yet to publish and I really want to publish it.
Q: What is the most difficult aspect of teaching?
A: The same thing that motivates me, the students.
Q: I know you have taught every grade but third, so what is your favorite grade to teach?
A: I get that question so often, and the answer is always the grade I'm currently teaching. There is something good and bad about every single grade.
Q: What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?
A: I'm a member of the historical society so I do a lot of work at the museum. I knit, I do needle work and I like to garden.
Q: I have one more question because I am curious to ask. What is your favorite book and why?
A: My favorite book is a book that many people despise. I enjoy it because of the writing. It's Pearl Buck's "A Good Earth". She has many other books that are just as good. The eloquence of her writing, the description, everything she does is amazing. So yes, that's my all time favorite. I collect her books and she's an early twentieth century writer. She's the kind of author that I will sit on a paragraph and just keep reading it because it's so well written and beautiful. And what's funny is she's written under a pseudonym because she wanted to try a new style and it's probably the worst writing I've ever read in my life. So it's interesting to see that she had this one style that obviously worked for her and when she tried something else she totally failed at it. It gives you hope for when you try new things, you know, that trying new things and failing is okay.
I would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Pritts for allowing me to interview her and to her students for being quiet while I was interviewing her.
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