Hey, bees, the Bonneville High School (BHS) English department has gained a new staff member! Ms. Katrina Pearson, a first-year teacher, joined the English department in the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year. She loves the color yellow and grilled cheese. Ms. Pearson makes her own jewelry and clothing in her free time. She decided to teach high school because she loves kids and wants to help as much as she can! When asked by the staff what her first impressions of BHS were, she “thought it would be a lot harder.” She is working to “have a kind of connection with [her] student[s]” that benefits them and their success.” Throughout her years of schooling, Pearson had teachers tell her she should be a teacher, but she chose another career path because her dad always told her “if you can’t do it, you can teach it.” Pearson stated she was able to write; therefore, she thought she would be unable to teach. However, she started her career as a student teacher for her professor in college. While being a teacher's assistant in a college philosophy class, she learned effective ways to lead and teach a class. She felt this better prepared her to teach and would recommend to anyone learning to teach high school to take a philosophy class. Within a few months of being a student teacher, she quickly realized that she loved teaching and wanted to teach high school students. Only being in the second trimester of the school year she has learned way more than she thought she would. When asked what Pearson could change about BHS, “[she] thinks school spirit could be better.” Seeing more students and faculty attending games and events would improve BHS’ culture. Besides wanting to see more spirit, Pearson would want to change how lunch is scheduled. She said, “some kids have scheduled test corrections and some doors get locked and they can't do what they need to do.” She loves her students and would not trade her job for the world. Pearson is a friendly face to her students and is their to answer the questions they might have. Ms. Pearson is happy to teach this year and many more years to come.
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