MTC '18 Spotlight: Kaela Sweetland

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NAME: KAELA SWEETLAND

COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

PLACEMENT: GREENWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

I think deep down, I've always wanted to be a teacher. As a kid, I would make my friends play school and I would always insist on being the teacher. Also, I had some great teachers that I really looked up to and who made me want to be a teacher even more.


2. What have you learned about yourself during this first year?

I have learned that I am resilient. The first year of teaching has not been easy and there's been some challenges along the way. But at the end of the day, I keep going because I love what I do.

3. How has the transition to living in the Deep South been for you coming from New England?

The South is different from the North, but mostly good different. I miss Dunkin' Donuts like every day, though. Also, I talk about Tom Brady too much and my kids think it's annoying.

4. What advice would you give a new teacher?

Make time for yourself, because teaching is super stressful. When you get home, do something that makes you happy. (Example: watch the same episode of Gilmore Girls you've seen 17 times already.)

Hunter Taylor