By Ashley Goodwin, News Writer

Ms. Tempestt Gavins is a student intern for Mrs. Anita Stroman at W.J. Keenan High School. She will be at Keenan for 64 days; she leaves on April 20.  She teaches 6 classes. She is coming from Columbia College.

“This has been one of the most interesting, enjoyable teaching experiences I’ve had of my 3 field experiences in Columbia and my teaching experience in China,” Gavins said.

Gavins’ goals are to teach English in China, to teach English in a public school in South Carolina, to earn a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and intercultural students from Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois.

“Her teaching methods are similar to Mrs.Stroman’s,” Senior Yasmine Romey said.

Stroman chose to become a mentor teacher to help contribute to the development of extremely inspiring indivuals who are set to become exemplary teachers.

Stroman advises a new teacher to:

1)      Listen to advice but trust your guts.

2)      Expect to make hideous mistakes.

3)      Have fun while teaching.

4)      Be willing to grow professionally.

5)      Expect change.

“The best part of being a mentor teacher is I get the opportunity to give ongoing guidance in areas of lesson planning, classroom management and classroom organization. It feels great to know that I’ve assisted in training an aspiring teacher to be a great teacher,” Stroman said.

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