WELCOME BACK for the third and final part of the English Teacher Feature Series! Thank you for following this story to the end. We hope you’ve enjoyed the story!

Their Prairie Pride


The mundane task of committing to an everyday job can be underwhelming at points over the course of many years. But, this hard work deserves to be recognized. It is time to shed light upon the English teacher’s points of Prairie Pride.


As a teacher, Mrs. Swartzendruber has great pride within her job at Prairie High School. She is proud of “the relationships that I am able to build with students. When a student entrusts me with a sensitive piece of writing and is able to share something that allows them to work through their emotions, I take that really seriously and it is a privilege to be able to read that and get a glimpse into a student’s life.”


Teacher’s professional lives revolve around their students and because of this, their great pride is generally: the students.


“I am so proud of any student that does well in the class. But I’m especially proud of the students that come in and they really struggle in the beginning, but they don’t give up.” Mrs. Burns says. “I think that the perseverance the effort is something that should be admired. And I think that that is true in everything. If you are able to overcome some controversy or some setback, I think that is something to be really proud of.”


If you truly love your job and believe in the work that you do, it is easy to find triumphs within the mundane. Prairie Pride is everywhere within the English team.


Recommended Books!


Obviously, English is a very important part of student curriculum. It impacts every aspect of life and is essential to lifelong happiness.


Additionally, it is important to have access to opportunities for self improvement.


In this spirit, Mrs. Swartzendruber and Mrs. Burns each recommended, with some difficulty over choice, their favorite book.


Mrs. Swartzendruber recommended, “Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold. “I would say that this is a piece of adolescent literature that was one of the hardest things for me to read, especially being a mother of three, but to work through and process my personal feelings, and it made me think about things in such a different way.” Mrs. Swartzendruber commented.


On another note, Mrs. Burns suggested the book, “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. “It teaches you to have a different perspective and to think about things differently. And it is one of those books that I just read occasionally when I’m by myself and it reminds me to not sweat the small stuff and to really appreciate what I’ve got.”


These days, it can be easy to be swept up into the difficulties of life and to stray from the roots of the greatest ability we take for granted: our language.


But, thanks to people like Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Swartzendruber, students all across the country are able to be taught the importance of reading and writing. And the next generation is able to prepare for another one hundred years of creating and understanding valued literature.


On behalf of all students at Prairie, I thank the men and women within the English department for the dedication of their lives to educating their students about the complicated, exhilarating, and beautiful world of literature.


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