Teachers, in general, are not shown enough appreciation for the critical role they play in society. My tiny way of giving back is to publicly thank a Utah teacher each week on this blog. To start off this weekly tradition, I would like to feature Mrs. Liz Eaton.
Here are Liz’s answers to a few questions I sent her way:
Where did you do your teacher prep? I did my teacher prep at Brigham Young University.
Where have you taught in your teaching career? I have taught at Noah Webster Academy located in Orem, Utah since the fall of 2006.
What is the funniest thing a student has ever said? Over the years I have heard some hilarious thoughts and stories from students. One that stands out came from a very upset student. I was talking to the student about how everything he was learning was important and it would help him in his life. He responded with “Math doesn’t matter. Reading doesn’t matter. Spelling doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters is onion rings!” He was very sincere and serious about this fact. I still get a smile on my face just thinking about how passionate this student was about onion rings.
What one piece of advice would you give to new teachers? My one piece of advice I would give to new teachers is find a way to love and care about all of your students. Some students will make this hard but if they know you love and care about them they will respect you and you can accomplish a lot!
What is your favorite teacher resource? My favorite teacher resource is other teachers. We all have great ideas and it’s so easy to go talk to another teacher for 5-10 min and peel back the layers of knowledge that they have!
Describe any experience you have had in education policy? Education policy is very important and it’s one reason I choose to continue to work at a charter school. My voice is heard on the local level and I get to teach and help my students learn instead of be bogged down by outside influences.
What’s the biggest change you would like to see in education? The biggest change I would love to see in education is to see more parent involvement with education. For parents to really know what their child is learning and how they can help their child internalize the content. skills, and knowledge they are learning about.
Here’s to you Mrs. Eaton! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to students in the state of Utah. You are an incredible person.