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Haven feels at home in school

Student teacher Ms. Haven works towards running her own classroom.

Student teacher Ms. Haven works towards running her own classroom.

Photo by Thomas Richardson

Student teacher Ms. Haven works towards running her own classroom.

Photo by Thomas Richardson

Photo by Thomas Richardson

Student teacher Ms. Haven works towards running her own classroom.

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Ms. Emily Haven always liked school. She would even go home and “play teacher” as a child.

In fact, the student teacher in Mrs. Wiygul’s English IV classes wants to become an English teacher because of the role education has played in her life, including her mother being a teacher.

Haven explained, “I was never a normal child. I was the nerdy kid that always did my work and actually enjoyed school. For Christmas I would ask for a white board and markers, instead of things the other kids liked.”

Born in Massachusetts, Haven moved to California early on, which is where she grew up. She then moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, her junior year of high school, before enrolling at Mississippi State University. By the end of this year, she is expected to start taking on the role as the teacher of the classroom.

She started out observing a little bit and eventually she has to teach by herself, including doing all the grading and lesson planning.

Haven feels that she is already ready to be in her own classroom and that being a student teacher means she’s not in control as much as she would like to be, but she has learned about her abilities from this student teaching process.

Her strength as a teacher, she believes, is forming a relationship with the students and letting them know she is there to support them. That does not mean that they are not going to do work, however. She wants the students to know, too, that they helped her step out of her shell and that they had a huge impact on her.

Haven still sees challenges in her career choice. What does she believe is the number one challenge? She looks younger than many of her students.

 

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