By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief
At Amazing Kids! Magazine we are constantly looking for that theme, contest, or person that will motivate, inspire, or create a spark in our readers. Over the years we have worked with some great teachers that encouraged their students to write better. Our Amazing Mentor Interview this month is with Dr. Veronica Glover, a teacher that we have found has reached out to her students to help them not only become better writers, but to look at a story with creative eyes. She has motivated her students to enter contests and submit stories for publication, allowing us to watch their improvement. We hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Dr. Glover as she shares her insights into teaching with us this month.
Veronica Glover was born and raised in a small town in Southern California. She attended a private high school and completed her undergraduate degree at California Baptist University. Always wanting to learn more, she furthered her education at Azusa Pacific University with a Master’s degree in Education. Her thirst for more knowledge pushed her to pursue her recent degree – a Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. Dr. Glover is an inspirational 10th grade teacher in Southern California and approaches each day with a happy disposition. She has two children, Isaac, who is 11 years old; and Isabella, who is 8 years old. She says this summer she will be married to the love of her life, Daniel Pierce. She also believes she has so much to be thankful for, with her family and her local church she attends in her city. She feels very blessed to be an educator. We believe that Ms. Glover is a perfect example of a “Hero among Us” as she motivates her students to be the best they can be. We are thankful to Dr. Glover for her impact on her students and hope you’ll get some inspiration from the following interview to also make an impact on your world.
Amazine Kids! (AK): How did you get into teaching?
Dr. Veronica Glover (VG): I really enjoy the subject of English and I truly value the ideals of education and the benefits of learning.
AK:. Did you always know you were going to be a teacher or did you consider doing something else?
VG: Growing up, I was not sure what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to inspire people somehow. I wanted to feel that what I did benefited the lives of others.
AK: What age groups have you taught and how do they differ, if at all?
VG: I have taught in grades 9-11, mostly focusing on the 10th grade. I believe all students bring different aspects to the classroom and as a teacher I must value the gifts of each.
AK: You inspire your students to enter contests like those at Amazing Kids! Magazine and also to submit their work for publication. Why do you think this is useful for kids to be motivated to create their best work?
VG: I had a professor in college who required my class to submit for publication to scholarly journals. When my article was accepted for publication it was truly a wonderful feeling I could not describe. I wanted my students to feel that same feeling of gratification for their hard work.
AK: What about teaching do you find the most enjoyable?
VG: I enjoy the moment when a student says, “Oh, okay, I understand!” Or even, “This is a great story!” Any acknowledgement of learning is satisfaction for me.
AK: What is the most challenging thing about teaching that you find in your job?
VG: I believe it can be very challenging to teach students who are not motivated to be in school. I have to really have a positive attitude to encourage students to want to learn and show them the benefits of education.
AK: What technique do you use when you see a student becoming discouraged? How do you keep them interested in writing?
VG: I think when a student becomes discouraged I differentiate my lesson to try and make it applicable in many other ways to the student. I also try to take a positive turn to conversations so that negativity doesn’t cloud the task at hand.
AK: What is the most unique thing you’ve done in teaching to make a lesson memorable?
VG: I think my lesson on figurative language and literary devices is a hit. I take modern day music and identify the terms I want the students to know in their own music. I also might chime in on some of the singing while I present.
AK: Twenty years from now how do you think education will have changed?
VG: I believe education will always be important. However, there may be new and innovative things that change the way we educate students. For example: more technology, certain skill sets, etc.
AK: Who do you view as a mentor that you have had in your life and what did they do to motivate you to become the person you are today?
VG: I believe that every person we meet has a certain impact on our lives. Some of the teachers I have worked with have been very inspirational to me in my own teaching and also learning. I cannot name any one person in particular, but I will say that my family has instilled in me the values of hard work and dedication to my goals, along with the importance of education. These values have helped shape the way I am today.
Thank you, Dr. Glover, for sharing your thoughts with us. We look forward to seeing your future students’ work and to witness the impact a dedicated teacher has on the development of their writing skills. We applaud your ability to motivate your students and inspire them to be creative.