Why I Teach: ‘I love teaching’

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Kathryn Jackson, an English teacher and teacher of the year Fike High School, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

“I love teaching. I used to be an education reporter for a newspaper, so I got used to things never being the same every day. That’s my favorite thing about teaching. It’s never dull and there is always a surprise. It forces me to adapt and learn every day.

First teaching position: Ninth-grade teacher at Nash Central High School in a full-inclusion class with students of all abilities.

Total years teaching: Almost 15 years

College attended: Longwood University.

Other cool facts: I am from Waverly, Virginia, which is a one-stoplight town. I went to the same college that my mom attended. I am married to Larry Jackson, who teaches history here at Fike, and I have a 10-year old daughter.

Favorite quote and why: “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” — George Sand.

“This is my favorite quote because it’s a daily reminder. Sometimes teaching is taxing on one’s emotions, and it grounds me and reminds me to be kind every day.”

Student perspective: “Ms. Jackson is a great teacher because she interacts with her students well. She helps us with essays and makes sure we understand everything before tests.” — Stephanie Catala, junior

Student perspective: “Ms. Jackson is a very good teacher. She keeps me and my classmates involved in class. She’s very funny, and she clearly explains our classwork and assignments.” — Aaron Boswell, junior

Wilson County Schools