Alumni Teachers at Guilford

 

   In Room 230, eighth hour history class is an exciting affair. The room is packed full of energetic students. The teacher walks around the room, passing out 3D glasses. When she turns on the powerpoint, the images pop out of the screen. 

   “The concept of history is always happening, all the time,” the teacher says, and the class goes quiet, enraptured by the 3D presentation.    

   Teachers here at Guilford come from all sorts of different places. However, there are a select few who come from right here: these are the Guilford alumni. Ms. Hannah Bowers and Mr. Sean Zuba both attended Guilford just a few years ago, and have now returned to teach at Guilford.

   “I find that I really enjoy [working at Guilford], I think it helps me take a lot of pride in my work,” said Mr. Zuba, a special ed teacher and class of 2013 graduate.

   There are some struggles when transitioning from a student to a teacher, such as how to address teachers-turned-colleagues.

   “Many of my old teachers I will still call by their last names, and they will ask me not to do that, but that’s definitely a very hard thing to get over,” said Mr. Zuba. 

   But there are also many good aspects to working with old teachers, such as positive experiences and comradery. 

   “Both of the classrooms that I use are shared with old teachers of mine,” said Ms. Bowers, history and career readiness teacher (GHS class of 2011). “Everyday, I have good conversation; I can go to them if I need help or advice. They know how I was as a student, so they are also able to help me as an educator.”

   The challenges that these teachers face are similar to all other teachers, such as lesson planning and time management.

   “[These are] things that come with learning a new job,” said Mr. Zuba, “but with help and support from other staff, they’re things that I overcome.”

   There are a lot of positives as well, such as coaching, good colleagues, and the good atmosphere of Guilford.  

   “My favorite part of teaching here is the relationships that I get to build with my students,” said Ms. Bowers. “I think it’s really fun to be a positive role model, and an advocate for them.”