Junior High Luncheon (2002)
Now, fast forward 8 years. I graduated from college with an elementary degree and was ready for my semester of Student teaching. When I first entered college I wanted to teach junior high. As the years passed, I began looking more towards 4th and 5th. Everything was lined up for me to teach in a different class and then it fell through and Junior High opened up. I truly believe God's hand was in it because I found myself in the classroom of Mrs. McElwain with a class that I fell in love with. I timidly began teaching wanting to make sure I followed all the right procedures and reaching all the requirements of the school. As time went on and I was more comfortable in my role as student teacher, we grew close and our early mornings (usually I arrived around 6:45 or 7:00) were times of deep conversation, frivolous laughter and tea drinking. I looked forward to those mornings so much and I miss them terribly. She is an experienced teacher who constantly works to stay relevant to what her students are interested in. She would come to me say "I heard so and so say this... what does that term mean?" and then I would "interpret" for her and we would have a good laugh. I love her sense of humor and the way she deals with students. She never takes life too seriously. She was quick to reassure me and offer help when I needed it.
Class Christmas party (2010)
I have been blessed to sit under both her teaching and her training. I feel like I am 10 times the teacher I would have been because of her guidance. Thank you Mrs. McElwain for investing in me as a student and as a teacher.