Why I Teach: ‘We love Ms. Alphin, and Ms. Alphin loves us’

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Kat Alphin, current teacher of the year at Springfield Middle School, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Current position: Health and physical education teacher and athletic director at Springfield Middle School.

First Teaching Position: Health and physical education teacher at Springfield, starting in January 2013.

Total Years Teaching: Five years

Colleges Attended: Recreation and leisure studies degree from Mount Olive College and earned teaching license in health and physical education from Barton College

Other Cool Facts: When I graduated from Mount Olive, I took on a part-time job working at the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home in Middlesex where I led recreation. Then I worked for the city of Wilson as a Greenlight customer service representative. My fiance at the time, who is now my husband, Andrew Alphin, got a job teaching at Hunt High School, and his stories inspired me. I decided to go to Barton to earn my teaching license. I completed my student teaching under Coach Teresa Allen at Hunt and then got a job at Springfield. I love it. Andrew and I have a 2-year old daughter named Anna Blake, and I am from Columbia, North Carolina.

Favorite Quote and Why: “Never give up!” I tell my students this all the time when they are struggling in the classroom, in health or in the gym. I encourage them to keep pushing through.

Why I Teach: I am so thankful to have my job and to be able to work with and inspire young people every day. It is an honor to work at Springfield under the leadership of Ms. Daniel (assistant principal) and Mr. Spell (principal). This has been such a great time for me. I love every student that I get to work with and being able to equip them and teach them life lessons. The staff here also just makes it for me.

Student Perspective: “I’ve had Ms. Alphin as my teacher all three years that I have been here. She is always smiling and always in a good mood. If you ever need her, she is always there to support you.” — David Aranda, eighth-grader

Student Perspective: “Ms. Alphin is an amazing teacher and an even better role model. She has taught me how to be a better student, athlete and a leader. She demonstrates what good character is by working hard toward her goals, showing compassion to her students and coming to school every day to do her best to go above and beyond what is expected of her. We love Ms. Alphin, and Ms. Alphin loves us.” — Mackenzie Landers, seventh-grader