Meet Grace Knight: 2010 MTR Grad
Name: Grace Knight
MTR Graduation Year: 2010
Employed at: New Hope Christian Academy
Undergrad: 2009, Elementary Education
How long have you been teaching? 3 years
Why did you initially want to be a teacher? I felt that God was calling me to be in education.
Did you have a particular teacher in your life that inspired you? I had so many wonderful, inspiring teachers all who taught me to think, analyze, and learn well. I was taught to read critically and write thoughtfully and it has benefitted me to this day.
What was your first day in front of a classroom like? I wish I could remember. It was a blur of being nervous, overwhelmed, and excited. There are things I wish I could go back and change, but overall, I wouldn’t change it as it helped me become the teacher I am today.
How has your approach changed over time? I have matured as a teacher and now understand the importance of best practices. I thought I understood that as I was heading into my first year of teaching, but I had no idea how important they are to establish from day 1.
What do you expect from your students? I expect students to be engaged, to learn, and to grow. I expect them to put in their best effort and choose to make good choices to the best of their ability.
What makes an effective teacher? Patience & consistency.
What makes a great teacher? Enjoyment of your job, happiness, love for the students, hard work.
What advice would you give to a brand-new teacher? It only gets better and better. Each year is new and you have a chance to completely start again.