Mrs. Anderson has been a substitute for Valley Heights for five years. When asked what she liked most about Valley Heights, she responded with, “The kids. All the students are very well behaved and have shaped me in becoming a better teacher. It’s always nice to see students helping students, and you can witness that very well at Valley Heights.” Mrs. Anderson has one daughter, Kinsley who is seven years old. “I like to spend as much time as I can with her, that’s why substituting is nice for me. It’s a very flexible schedule and nice because I can spend more time with my daughter.” Mrs. Anderson plans on becoming a teacher in the future. She hopes to teach somewhere local, teaching Business Education to high school students.
One of the hardest things for a substitute to adjust to when going to teach younger students is what they are learning. Especially for elementary students. “Going into the unknown has been the most difficult thing for me to adjust to. But it has also taught me the most as well.” For anyone, going into the unknown is hard, but when having to go into a classroom full of students that one does not know, tends to be even more difficult. However, Mrs. Anderson has done a great job of helping students at Valley Heights succeed by becoming a great substitute. She repeatedly helps succeed and become a better student inside and outside of the school. Sometimes, substitutes can have the hardest job at a high school considering they are ‘new’ for a while, but Mrs. Anderson has done a great job helping the students and teachers at Valley Heights.