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Peyton Rodgers column: Teachers can change lives

Teachers can have a large impact on students’ lives by the way they interact and treat each individual student.

Megan Wyatt, the chorus teacher at Carson High School, is one such teacher. She connects with her students on a personal level.

Not only have I had the privilege of taking her classes in high school, but she was also my music teacher at Bostian Elementary.

Wyatt inspires me to be a better person with her positive attitude and her will to help her students do better. She is a very motivating person and strives to help each individual student succeed in whatever they choose to do.

She is also a good listener when it comes to students’ personal lives and gives advice to help us make the best choices.

Wyatt does what she can to help everyone enjoy her class with a mixture of signing and dancing. Sometimes she even reads children’s stories that we enjoy.

Unique Finger, a junior at Carson High School, said she enjoys when teachers don’t treat her like a child. “I can have adult conversations with them and it not be awkward.”

Finger said Wyatt and Alex Reynolds have impacted her the most.

“Mr. Reynolds taught me to be a better person in life, and Mrs. Wyatt taught me to take time and see the better in people,” she said.

She continues to stay in touch with them by taking their classes and speaking to them in the hallways.

Finger agrees this connection with her teachers makes it easier to learn the material.

Taya Black, also a junior at Carson, enjoys when teachers are easy to talk to because it makes them easy to trust.

Two Carson history teachers, Lauren West and Ryan Chandler, have impacted her by the way they make everyone equal in class and are easy to talk to.

“I feel like when they talk to me it makes me a better person,” Black said.

Black also said having this close connection makes the material easier to learn in class.

Damion Seagraves loves the determination and drive Wendy Fontnote displays in her English class to help her students prosper.

Seagraves and Fontnote have the same backstory, and that helps them both connect on a personal level.

“She had a troublesome background growing up as I did, which made our student-teacher connection a little stronger than everybody else’s,” said Seagraves.

He likes it when teachers have a willingness to have fun and connect with students.

“I think what I love most is coming to start my day not knowing what the day may hold, but knowing that I have my students to make the day great,” said Chelsea Wilkinson, the Spanish teacher at Carson High School.

From day one, she tries focusing on doing silly activities to break the ice, and then she makes it a routine to talk to each of her students every day.

Wilkinson agrees the relationship between students and teachers helps make teaching more effective.

Angelo Delesanti, the principal at Carson High School, agrees that it is important for students and teachers to have a personal connection with each other.

“At Carson, it’s really common for a student and teacher to have a personal connection, and it is important for the students’ education,” Delesanti said.

He believes it is important for students to know that you care about them and their education.

By not having a good connection with your students, you can negatively affect their learning process.

Delesanti believes he had a good connection with his students. He wants to stay connected with them and does this by replying on Twitter and speaking in the hallways.

Peyton Rodgers is a junior at Carson High School.

 

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