Mallory Farris – South Carolina Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Angi Farris Photography by Kristy Lynn Photography (top) & Angi Farris (4 bottom) Issue 26 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Mallory Farris has been dancing since the age of 6 and competing since age 8. Dance is her outlet and passion. Mallory recently started assisting with the tiny ballerinas and has fallen in love with teaching. She loves to see them learn and accomplish new things! Volunteering her time and talents at her studio is something her parents are really proud of!
Tell us about your experiences with dance. Where did you start and where are you now?
My dance experience started when I was 6 years old. I fell in love when I started competing in 3rd grade. I started at another studio, but I am so thankful that I switched studios a year ago. Elite Dance Academy has been the best experience I’ve had. I always feel welcomed and know that I can accomplish anything there.
If you never picked the sport of dance, what do you think you would be involved with? Probably gymnastics because I have always loved to compete and would to be able to tumble.
What is it like teaching younger kids?
There is something very special about teaching little ones. The best thing is when you see that light bulb finally go on in their heads. They know all their hard works has paid off. It makes my heart full of joy to know that they have accomplished something new.
You mentioned you want to be a kindergarten teacher. Why do you think this is what your career should be?
I want to be a kindergarten teacher because I believe we need more teachers that care about their students. I want each child to be able to walk out of my classroom knowing they learned something knew. I want them to know how much I care for each of them.
Where are some of your favorite places to volunteer at? Some of my favorite places are at my dance studio and school. I love to help the young dancers learn new moves and teach the art of dance. At school, I love to help the children learn and show them how to be self-confident. Mallory will be featured in Issue 26 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Claire Amyx – Texas Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination and Main Photography by Angie Read Photography Issue 22 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Most teens these days are super busy, and Claire Amyx is definitely no exception! As a junior this past year, Claire was involved with the Child Guidance program at her high school, which fostered her love for teaching elementary aged children. On top of that, Claire is a dancer and figure skater, which requires hours of practice every week. Claire isn't only gorgeous, she's also a high performer at school and was just inducted into National Honor Society. On top of it all, she has a sweet personality and has been a pleasure to have on my model team. She's got a bright future ahead of her!
What got you interested in the child guidance program at your high school?
When I first discovered the child guidance program it seemed really cool to teach children for a good part of the school day. I was put into the child development class during my sophomore year of high school and I really enjoyed learning about the development of children. At the end of the year I applied to be in the Child Guidance program, and luckily, I got in!
How did this program foster your love for teaching?
Child guidance really opened my eyes to the teaching world immediately. This program fostered my love for teaching because working with the preschoolers almost every morning wasn’t your average high school class. It was a serious class, but it was extremely fun and engaging.
Tell me a little bit about the program and what you do. Each week during the school year we have the preschool students Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Monday’s and Friday’s are the days where we lesson plan as well as discuss and prepare for the upcoming weeks. All nineteen of the children stayed for four class periods, so we split us high school students in half (Nine students in 1st and 2nd period. 10 students in 3rd and 4th periods). I was one of the nine students in the morning class. The morning starts with carline, washing hands and morning play time. Next is our 1st circle time, then we dismiss the children to their learning center groups. After completing the rotations of the learning centers, we have them wash their hands and then go to their second circle time. Shortly after, 3rd and 4th period students come in and take over from there. We have five different color groups that we separate the children in. Red, orange, yellow, green and blue. We send the groups off to five different stations which include reading/language, writing, math/science, art and dramatic play. Us high school teachers write lesson plans based on which centers we teach each week. Another important job is each day there is an assigned lead teacher. This student teacher teaches both circle time lessons as well as helps assist the learning centers. We also have people called “floaters” in which they also assist the learning centers just in case something goes wrong or if another teacher needs help.
Picture by Claire Amyx
How do you know that you want to become a teacher as a junior?
When I was in 3rd grade I remember coming home and playing school. As a child I loved playing teacher. I was never really serious about becoming a teacher until I finished my junior year, which was also my first year in child guidance. After watching the nineteen children in child guidance grow and develop throughout the year, I knew that teaching was what I wanted to do.
Claire will be featured in Issue 22 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!