By Helen Black
Mrs. Allison Catchot graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her first teaching job was at Noxapater Attendance Center where she taught for eight years. This is her second year at Fair Elementary teaching third grade.
India Triplett is a 10th grade student from the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center. She is currently shadowing Mrs. Catchot two days a week. India plans on continuing her education at the Mississippi University for Women. India’s favorite field experience is getting to help teach the students. She enjoys the one-on-one interaction with the boys and girls and says she simply just loves to be around them. Her favorite quote is “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” India recalls how exciting it felt when one of the third graders recognized her outside of class and called her Miss Triplett. She realized then, how very important it is to be a role model and to hold oneself to a higher standard.
Mrs. Catchot has taught India that success in working with children begins by understanding children. India has learned practical techniques for guiding children and establishing rules and routines. An important part of working with young children is creating a secure, wholesome, and stimulating learning environment. This is the setting Mrs. Catchot has created for her students.
Shadowing Mrs. Catchot has also helped India realize that a huge challenge will be planning activities that are developmentally appropriate.
The Teacher Academy is most appreciative of Mrs. Catchot and Fair Elementary for allowing India the opportunity to help build children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.