Published 12:04 am Friday, August 7, 2015
Being involved in so many kids’ lives is an appreciation Heather Bailey holds on to every day in the classroom.
Bailey is one of several new teachers at Andalusia Elementary School. She is entering her fifth year as a teacher and will be teaching the fourth grade.
Before moving to Andalusia, Bailey was in Graceville, Fla., where she taught third grade.
What got Bailey into teaching was Donna Wilson, her third grade teacher.
“I had a really awesome third grade teacher, and I wanted to be just like her,” Bailey said. “Then, it was ironic that I started off in third grade because that’s where I fell in love with it.”
Bailey studied at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., and is one class away from getting her master’s degree in elementary education from Auburn University.
When asked what it’s like to be an elementary school teacher, Bailey didn’t hesitate her answer.
“I appreciate the fact that I get to be involved in so many kids’ lives,” she said.
The most rewarding part of teaching for Bailey is seeing students reach milestones in their learning.
“When you have a struggling student and they make a break through,” she said. “I love kids and I love school — the whole aspect of it. I love to see the kids learn.”
Bailey said she’s excited to be in Andalusia.
“I’m happy to be here,” she said.