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Teacher of the Week: Rachel McLeroy


Q: Tell me about your teaching career, how did it start?

A: My mom is a teacher and I never wanted to be a teacher, because she was, I don’t know I guess I just felt compelled to be different. So I started college double majoring in english and art because I couldn’t make up my mind about what I wanted to do. So then my sophomore year of college I changed from english to psychology so I was double majoring in psychology and art and i intended to do art therapy. Then that summer i worked at a camp and taught art classes all summer and i was like ‘alright this is what i like’  so then i came back and changed my major to art ed.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Valdosta State

Q: How many years have you been teaching?

A: This is my fifth year.

Q: Have you ever taught anywhere else besides Northview?

A: Yes, I started teaching in south Georgia in this really tiny farming town. It was the only high school in the county. I taught there for two years and I’ve taught at Northview for two years.

Q: Do you have any hobbies besides art?

A: I like to travel.

Q: Where have you been?

A: I’ve been to a lot of places. I’ve been all over the U.S., I’ve been to England, France, Spain, India, Envia, Venezuela.

Q: What was your most exciting trip out of all [the places you have been]?

A: I think India was the most exciting, because it was so different from anything I was used to. All of it was awesome, that was just the most shocking.

Q: Favorite place to visit?

A: Italy.

Q: How come?

A: The food, the weather is nice, the people are nice, and it is beautiful.

Q: Do you have any kids?

A: No, no children. I am married and have a cat.

Q: What’s your cat’s name?

A: Scout, she’s named after Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird. She’s the best.

Q: What do you read?

A: I read all kinds of things, I’ve currently gotten into Jonathan Franzen, he’s an author. I like a whole wide spectrum of things.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about art to teach?

A: Ceramics, I love teaching ceramics.

Q: What kind of music do you like?

A: I like all kinds of music except for vulgar rap and country pop.

Q: What’s your stance on bullying?

A: Don’t do it! Be nice! There’s no need to be rude!