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Heather Parker

Heather Parker
Heather Parker
Teacher - English
Phone: 678-336-3351
Groups: Middle School
Degrees
  • BS Ball State University

Middle School English Teacher, 7th Grade Team Lead

B.S., English Education/Multicultural Studies, Ball State University

 

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student should know who they are and where they come from in the world. If every child had an understanding and knowledge of those two things, we would be, as a whole, a more accepting and loving people.This would create a learning environment where all children feel comfortable being inquisitive and know they can make mistakes without fear. This is very important to me as a teacher at Mount Pisgah especially as we navigate novels and short stories that have important life lessons.  “You cannot know who you are until you know where you have been.”

 

Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up?  What was it about him/her that impacted you?

Mrs. Tydgat was the teacher who was most influential in my life.  She was my 12th grade English teacher and she was just unbelievably gifted, not only in her pedagogy, but in her rapport with students.  she listened to The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and Joan Baez, she was able to sit and discuss difficult topics with us; we were always treated as young adults.  Her style in the classroom was laid-back, but she was tough. She expected BIG things out of her students and if you were to disappoint her, you would know it. As one of her students, I was expected to pen several different types of writing simultaneously: expressive, explanatory, argumentative, critical, and research in order to learn the “how to’s” of writing, to learn how thoughtful writing fit into the “big picture”, and time management.

 

What is your fondest Pisgah memory?

My fondest Pisgah memory is when one of my colleagues said to me, after visiting my classroom, “I can tell that you really love what you do!”. I really LOVE what I do; every day is new adventure!

 

Why do you teach or work at a school?  

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher.  I always loved school and had so many teachers who poured into me on a daily basis while growing up.  Once in college, while many of friends were changing majors quarterly, I was steadfast in knowing that education was God’s calling for me.  To this day, there is nothing that brings me more joy and happiness than being a Middle School teacher at Mount Pisgah.

 

What is your teaching philosophy?  

My philosophy of teaching is that every student should know who they are where they come from in the world.  If every child had an understanding and knowledge of those two things, we would be, as a whole, a more accepting and loving people. This would create a safe learning environment for all children to be inquisitive and to make mistakes without fear. “You cannot know who you are until you know where you have been.”

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