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Teaching Travels with Erin Michener – Presented by Premier Healthcare

Westmoore High School Teacher of the Month is Erin Michener. VYPE Magazine caught up with Mrs. Michener to learn more about her and her career as an educator. 

VYPE: How long have you worked as an educator, and have you spent all of that time at Westmoore? 

Michener: This is my tenth year officially teaching in my own classroom. It’s my sixth year at Westmoore; I’m originally from California and I taught in a few different districts, including student teaching, and substituting, throughout different areas of California. I also taught in Prague, Czech Republic, after college.

VYPE: What subject(s) do you teach and what grade? 

Michener: I currently teach English III (11th grade) and AP English Language and Composition.

VYPE: What do you enjoy most about being an educator? 

Michener: The creativity in solving the riddle of lesson planning for diverse students.

VYPE: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job as an educator? 

Michener: Seeing students’ skills improve. I always try to have a semester final, especially second semester final, that is some kind of big project that allows students to showcase how their skills have developed. I love it when they realize that they can do something that they previously thought they couldn’t.

VYPE: Where did you go to college? 

Michener: I got my bachelor’s from San Diego State University, my Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from California State University, San Bernardino, and my Master’s from California State University, Stanislaus.

VYPE: What advice would you give a student who would like to become an educator?

Michener: It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Know your values because your values help you distinguish what kind of teacher you are and help you establish boundaries. 

VYPE: Who was the teacher(s) that left an impression on you when you were a student?

Michener: I always think of my twelfth grade AP English Literature teacher, Mr. Stanford, as a model for teaching. His writing assignments allowed me to express myself and he encouraged that, so I was able to find my voice in his class. 

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