MTC '18 Spotlight: Chelan Pauly

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NAME: CHELAN PAULY

COLLEGE: WHITMAN COLLEGE

PLACEMENT: NORTH PANOLA HIGH SCHOOL

1. What made you want to join the Mississippi Teacher Corps?

I joined MTC because I am passionate about the importance of public education. I also wanted to explore southern culture and another part of the country. 

2. We hear you are starting an outdoor club at North Panola. What made you want to do that, and how did you reach the decision to start one? 

I am very excited about starting an outdoor program at North Panola though it is still very much in progress. I personally love the outdoors and want to share that passion with my students. I think experiential education is an incredibly valuable way for students to learn and grow as individuals. Being outside not only helps students connect with nature, it helps them connect with their peers and develop self esteem. I also think that helping students lead healthy, active lifestyles is currently lacking from the curriculum, and I want to introduce them to fun new ways to get fit.

3. You are originally from the Pacific Northwest. How has the transition to the Deep South been?

Moving from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South has been a fascinating transition. Not only are there no mountains, the menu choices, speech patterns, and pace of life are quite different as well. While I will always love the recreational opportunities in the northwest, I am coming to love the fireflies, music, and culture in Mississippi too.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn about the rich southern history and traditions in the Mississippi Delta. I am also incredibly thankful for the kind and welcoming people I have gotten to know along the way. 

4. Do you have any personal goals you are currently working on or goals for your students?

One goal (as previously mentioned) at North Panola is to start an Outdoor Program. Otherwise I just want to continue improving as a teacher and find as much joy and balance as I can! 

Hunter Taylor