Old student becomes a new teacher

Callahan Schwartz, staff writer

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Andrea Daly, a new teacher, energetically informs her classes about her favorite subject, English, after completing 6 years of post high school education, including a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.
“I believe in order to engage students they need to be having fun and learning something interesting, which is hard with some of the content. But I like to have them moving around as much as possible…” said Daly when asked how she likes to teach her class.
Daly graduated from Cactus Shadows and got her Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She continued her education at Grand Canyon University and got a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Daly came back to the same high school that she graduated from to teach her favorite subject, English.
“I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and I loved English so the choice was pretty clear,” said Daly.

Being new to any job adds stress to life. Different jobs add different stresses, and a varying amount of time has to be put into each type of job. Being a new teacher requires lesson planning a year’s worth of information on a new subject.

“The first week was bad because of all the lesson planning. I would wake up at 5 am, got to school a 6:40 and would not get done until 3:30, go home, lesson plan and then go to bed,” said Daly.

New teachers often struggle with engaging with high school students in their first few years.

“She gives off a lot of energy and it makes the class easy to pay attention in and fun,” said Cameron Jordan, a student of Daly.
Making sure classes do not get too rowdy is a necessity for learning. Although having fun is wanted, at the end of the day, school is for learning. 

“I have taught my students that there is a line, and that I like to have fun. But when it gets out of hand I’ll say, ‘signal please’ and hold my hand up. That means everyone stops talking and listens,” said Daly.

Finding tutors and experienced peers can help with starting a new job. Seasoned friends that have the same profession offer easy access to answers for any questions that may arise in a new job. 

“I do have a Master’s so I feel prepared but it can get overwhelming because I don’t have necessarily all the tools that more experienced teachers have. But I do feel like I have an excellent support system here.”

Ms. Daly is a new teacher on campus that is trying to make learning fun and engaging for her students.

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