Every year, Stonewall Jackson High School receives new teachers and staff, so I decided to interview some teachers to get to know them better and asking how and why they are here. This is Mrs. Stearman’s fourth-year teaching, all of them at Stonewall. She mainly teaches freshmen and sophomores, but last year she did Creative Writing 2 and it had students in grades 10-12.
She not only teaches children at school, but she also has a son named Tristan and he’s nine years old. Her mentor from the university she attended inspired her to become a teacher, “He had such an amazing rapport with his students and I remember wanting to be able to do the same.” She currently teaches English 10 and Pre-IBDP English 9, but if she could teach another subject, it would be either Drama or an elective with a specific genre of literature like Fantasy. A small, fun fact is that she got hired the weeks before school started four years ago and she had just arrived back in the country after living in Australia.
Her favorite part about teaching is being able to make a difference in someone’s life, “There are so many that don’t get that opportunity and I wish to always be a positive voice that guides a young adult into the right direction. If I can get my students to be more empathetic and aware of the world, then I feel as though I have made at least a small ripple in global citizenship”. One of her favorite parts about teaching English is that she gets to talk about things that she loves, and she really loves to read books. “Another wonderful thing about English is that it so closely intertwines with life that it’s easy to connect to whatever it is that one is reading in class”.
When I asked her when the moment she knew she wanted to be a teacher was, she said this, “I had an inkling that I wanted to be a teacher when I did a work-study program at a local elementary school. I went on to work at the writing center at the university I attended as well and basically helped fellow students write a well formulated essay in whatever style was needed and I realized I had a knack for it”.
For Mrs. Stearman, school and education is a passion for her and something she loves dearly, that’s also the same for many other teachers here at Stonewall and we hope they stay doing what they love.
One week ago, a deadly string of tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia. Twenty-three people died in the twisters in Beauregard, ranging in age from 6 to 89. Ninety were injured and as of Thursday, four remained in critical condition in three area hospitals but were expected to recover. One family, who met with President Donald Trump when he toured the area on Friday, lost 10 members of their extended family to the tornado. Six states were affected by the severe weather that spawned the tornadoes: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. In all, an estimated 38 tornadoes touched down across the South on Sunday, twelve of those were in Alabama and four touched down in Lee County. 170 was the maximum wind speed of the strongest of the twisters, the Beauregard / Smiths Station tornado, responsible for the 23 deaths and the brunt of the destruction. At least 200 Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were on the ground, according to Kathrine Carson, director of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, who told President Donald Trump during a tour of the worst-hit areas on Friday that the FEMA employees reported to the Emergency Operations Center and “are willing to work and do anything they can for these people.” As of Friday, 1,352 volunteers had registered to pitch in with recovery, searching for personal belongings, removing debris and assisting families. Former NFL Super Bowl champion DeMarcus Ware, a graduate of nearby Auburn High School, donated $10,000 to pay for grave markers for all 23 victims.