- COMMUNITY LINKS
Alison Mathews, a new teacher to the Ridgway Area Middle/High School says she was inspired to become a teacher because of previous community service she completed.
â€śMy senior year in high school I helped one of my former elementary teachers for a community service class,â€ť Mathews said. â€śAssisting in her classes every morning and watching the kids respond to her teaching helped me find a passion for helping others learn.â€ť
The passion Mathews witnessed as a teenager has evolved into a passion in her career.
â€śMy favorite part of being a teacher is sharing a passion for always wanting to learn more, each and every day,â€ť she said.
Mathews teaches seventh and eighth grade math strategies, eighth grade algebra and the gifted program at the Ridgway Middle School. A Lock Haven University graduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and later returned to college at Kutztown University to obtain her Special Education certification. In addition, Mathews holds certificates for mid-level math and science.
Mathews says the students will always be interested in her classes because they are actively involved their learning.
â€śMy students remain interested in my classes through being actively engaged in their own learning,â€ť Mathews said. â€śThe integrated use of technology and my enthusiasm for the subject content keeps them involved.â€ť
Some goals Mathews has for her first year include familiarizing herself in the district with students, faculty and staff, as well as effectively using technology and improving her studentsâ€™ PSSA scores from previous years.
Mathews is originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, and says being new to the area has been rather impressive.
â€śThis area is completely new to me. I moved from a suburbanÂ town northwest of Philadelphia,â€ť she said. â€śI had no idea what to expect coming up here but everyone has been so welcoming and willing to lend a hand so I feel right at home. I look forward to the many amazing experiences I will have being a part of the Ridgway District.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.