By Helen Black
One look at Ms Preston’s third grade classroom at Fair Elementary and you know immediately she is a Wildcat fan!
You enter her class room through a replicated goal post and can almost hear the game clock begin to tick. Ms Preston attended Louisville High School where she was a cheerleader. She said that she will always love football and this is certainly evidenced by the sports memorabilia that adorns her classroom walls. She has coached baseball and softball for nine years.
Ms Preston said, “I truly love teaching and coaching. I adore spending time with kids and learning from them. My students and players always know what I expect of them. I respect them and they respect me. We work as a team inside and outside of the classroom. They know if they really try their best, they can achieve anything!” She has successfully incorporated her love of sports and cheering with her love of teaching and created a dynamic learning environment for her students.
Ms Preston has been teaching for three years and also works with the after school CAPPS program at Eiland Middle School. She is currently working on a Master’s degree at Mississippi State University. Her advice to new teachers is to never quit trying and to try something new if what you’re doing isn’t working like you expected. She has several favorite quotes posted in her classroom; “Dare to try,” “Never, never quit,” “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination,” “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision,” “Set your goals high and don’t stop till you get there,” to just name a few.
Ladaisha March is in the 10th grade at the Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center. She hopes to attend Atlanta Clark University one day. She is currently shadowing Ms Preston and has enjoyed the third graders immensely. Her favorite part of field experience is working individually with the students at the resource centers. Her favorite quote is, “teach-encourage-instruct-mentor-praise-influence- guide-inspire”.”
Ladaisha was surprised how gratifying she felt when the students met their reading goals. She said, “It was such a great feeling knowing that I had really helped the students and that my influence really did matter.” The Teacher Academy program is an excellent opportunity for students like Ladaisha to get a true picture of an actual, working classroom. We thank Ms Preston and Fair Elementary for supporting The Teacher Academy program at the WLCTC.