Name: Sarah Gibbs
Grade/Subject at what school: Ninth grade English at Westfield High School
Number of years teaching: 13
Background/Schooling (college & high school): Yorktown High School, Yorktown, Ind.; B.S. English Education, Indiana University, Bloomington; and M.A. Educational Technology, IUPUI, Indianapolis.
Why did you become a teacher? For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. As a child I played school for hours, and I would often beg friends and siblings to play with me, even if I had to be the student and do the homework. More importantly, I have always loved working with young people. I was a camp counselor forever, so teaching seemed like a natural way for me to combine my love of school and young people into one amazing profession.
What goals do you have for your students? My hope for my students is two-fold: I want them to improve and master skills that we practice and refine, but I also want them to become stronger, bolder, and more compassionate people as they experience my class. Teaching is an opportunity to “do life” with kids, so it is my goal that they learn something about how all of what we do relates to them and the world around them.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Parents can ask what they are reading, writing, and discussing in a class and have conversations about what they are learning. It is wonderful if parents can be peer editors for writing as well. Most importantly, encourage your kids to read more and read a variety of things. This will develop them as all-around readers and help them in all classes.
What is your favorite movie? That is a hard one . . . I love chick flicks, predictable chick flicks where boy meets girl, and so on. However, I LOVE “Dead Poet’s Society,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “A Few Good Men,” “Remember the Titans” and “Scent of a Woman.” They’re all classics to me, and if any one of those is on TV, I stop and watch.
Who is your favorite musician or band? I love country music, so right now I’m a fan of Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and I also love Mumford and Sons.
What’s something your students might not know about you? When I was in college, I worked at Subway. During my junior year, Jared (you know, the one from the commercials) began his diet. I was his sandwich artist, and little did I know that he would be famous for all the weight he was losing!