Teacher Feature – Mrs. Norden

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Teacher Feature – Mrs. Norden

Ethan Fraatz

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Many of you may remember Mrs. Norden from last year, but just recently I got the chance to sit down with her and ask about her transition into Ponaganset High and where she hopes to be in the next few years professionally.

Overall, how are you enjoying PHS?

I like it alot, it’s always been a very welcoming place since I started last year. I’m very close with my colleagues, and I’ve formed great relationships with my students as well!”

How many years have you been teaching or working in education?

I have been in education for 9 years. Right after I finished my undergrad in 2009, I became a Social Studies Teacher! Then I finished my masters degree a couple of years ago, and now I teach literacy!”

What are you currently teaching?

I am a Literacy specialist for grades 9 and 10, and I have one class of 9th-12th graders. Then I also go into two other English classes.”

How many students do you have?

Altogether, I have about 22 kids. I have classes that do not get any larger than 10.”

What is your teaching philosophy or mantra?

“Over the years it’s just been to go with the flow, it is what it is. You can plan very well and every lesson is going to go differently than it is originally planned. Expect the unexpected with your lessons, and once you learn to do that, I think that you’ve got a pretty good direction of what you’re going to be doing and how you want to portray yourself as a teacher and what you’re going to accomplish.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I still hope to be here! I hope to be doing more consulting with literacy, meaning working more with teachers as well as students.”