Sarah Shaw, staff writer
Over the last six weeks, students in Mrs. Woods’ math classes have become accustomed to seeing an unfamiliar face. Ms. Leslie Clark, an Edinboro grad student, recently came to Saegertown to expand her knowledge and experience in the teaching field. “I’m working towards my graduate degree in secondary education,” said Clark. Ms. Clark has already earned several degrees before deciding to further her degree in secondary education. “I have an associate’s in general studies and a bachelor’s in math.”
Before coming to Saegertown, Ms. Clark spent some time at Roosevelt Middle School in Erie. Ms. Clark agrees there are many differences between Saegertown and Roosevelt Middle School. “Coming from an inner city middle school to here is a lot different. It’s easier to teach here because the students are older.”
Ms. Clark spent her time with the math students from Mrs. Kathleen Woods’s class. “I’m teaching precalculus and trigonometry, and helping with what I can in calculus.” Many of the trigonometry students along with the other math classes enjoyed having Ms. Clark in class. “She’s really improved her teaching techniques since the first day she was here.” said trigonometry student, Cutter ‘b Pritchard.
“She can relate better to the students because she’s younger. I enjoyed having her as my trigonometry teacher for a short period of time,” said Nick Bradley.
Although students enjoyed having Ms. Clark, she is headed to her next placement. “My last day is March 11, and I go to Cambridge High School after this,” said Clark. After Ms. Clark is finished with her student teaching, she plans to stay around the area. “I plan to stick around and teach high school math. I want to teach at a rural school. It’s more laid back.”
Other teachers are sad to see her go. “She’s done a good job, she works very hard and I think she’s going to make a good math teacher,” said Woods, “I really did enjoy having her.”