Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Katelyn Regan of Lee Early College. Ms. Regan is an English teacher and has been a Cobra for six years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a focus of integrated language arts. Ms. Regan is a Beginning Teacher Mentor, Curriculum and Instruction Committee Representative, Culture Committee Leader and Yearbook, Dance and Art Club Advisor. She was recently recognized as Lee Early College’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Regan believes that in order to help students develop, she needs to do so as well, noting. “I must continue to grow in order for my students to grow. By constantly seeking knowledge and improving my own lessons, I am able to create an engaging environment, allowing students to learn by doing. Interest is created when students are actively discovering new information and applying it to real life.”
The biggest inspiration for Ms. Regan from the start of her teaching career came from working with young adults and creating a love of learning within them. She comments, “When I was younger, I always loved learning, but I personally didn’t always like going to school and I wanted to change that. I wanted to be able to create a classroom culture that fostered a positive environment and allowed people to learn about what truly interested them.”
Several of Ms. Regan’s best experiences as an educator have happened outside of the classroom. Ms. Regan believes, “The classroom is a great place to initiate a spark of learning but seeing how that spark grows and impacts others is the best. Watching students give back to the community through donating to others, forming communities in times of hardships, and graduating and improving their futures are some of the most rewarding moments of teaching that I have witnessed.”
Ms. Regan’s advice for future educators is to start each day with a clean slate. She says, “Don’t let the bad days define you and don’t take anything too personally. There will be days when the lesson doesn’t go as planned or the kids don’t cooperate as you expect, but that does not mean that you don’t know what you are doing or that you are a bad teacher. The good days will far outweigh the bad, so try to stay positive and good things will follow.”