The summer holiday is over and it's time to think of the new school year. While parents and students eagerly shop for new back to school supplies and clothing, most do not stop to think about what the new school year is like for a teacher.
To break away from the student view of starting a new school year, I sat down with Amy Goers. Ms. Goers, is a school teacher for Booneville Elementary School in Booneville Arkansas.
Tiffany Romine: I want to start off by saying thank you Ms. Goers, for taking a moment to talk with me about a teachers’ perspective on the start of a new school year.
Amy Goers: It’s not a problem at all.
TR: Let me ask first, how long have you’ve been a teacher?
AG: This will be my twelfth year of teaching this year.
TR: I understand that your primary position this year will be a homeroom teacher. Do you have a favorite subject you like to teach?
AG: I love to teach Math. I recently completed my Masters degree for it and I’m hoping for an administrators position in the future.
TR: How do you feel about the upcoming school year?
AG: I am excited for the school year. It is always special to me to get to know the young ones of our community.
TR: Is there a special way you prepare for a new school year?
AG: I usually attend professional development workshops during the summer. I find they help me to stay in touch with any new methods and strategies that I can implement during the year.
Most teachers attend professional development workshops during their summer vacations. Like everyone else in the workforce, their job is never done. The last day of school means a new beginning of learning and studying for each of them.