Why I Teach: ‘Always strive to try again’

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Elm City Middle School teacher Leigh Anne Orr is featured in today’s Why I Teach.

Current Position: Eighth-grade math 1 and eighth-grade math

Total years teaching: Eight years (six at Elm City Middle School and two at Fike High School)

First Teaching Position: Eighth-grade geometry and pre-algebra at Elm City Middle School

Colleges Attended: Barton College ... Go Bulldogs!

Favorite Quote or Favorite Book: “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

Other Interesting Facts: When I am not in my classroom, you will find me hanging with my closest friends, sitting on the beach in the sun, painting a canvas, or doing something with the youth group at First Presbyterian Church. I love to volunteer when I can, and I enjoy spending my time with others. I have been the youth director at FPC for the past two years. I have enjoyed my time with the group and helping guide them in their teenage years and how to be a Christian in today’s society.

Why I Teach: This is a question that always gets me. I began my teaching career eight years ago, but with a mother who was an educator for 36 years, I learned very early on what it is like to teach others. I began volunteering and teaching others about how to volunteer for the community by working with a group of girls in high school called the Keywanettes. Now this was not my first assignment as a young person, beginning to realize that I wanted to go into teaching. As I can recall, I used to play school with my stuffed animals when I was a small kid. I love learning and love every moment within my classroom. From going through school and having teachers who were always positive, no matter if I messed up and made a mistake, it was evident that I wanted to have students to think of my classroom being the same way. When they enter my room, it is home to them. I greet each of them as if they are entering my home, and from day one, they know that FAIL is the First Attempt in Learning and to always strive to try again. I am the teacher I am due to the wonderful influences of not only my mom, but of all the wonderful teachers I had in Wilson County as a student.