Beverly is a passionate chemistry teacher from Indian Land High School! Here is a bit of her story.
“At age 12 I had heart surgery to correct an overactive ventricle in my heart, and I walked out of the hospital the next day. I didn’t know then that I was going to be a teacher, but I loved science and what it had done for me. That experience helped me realize that I wanted to do something important with my life.
Ten years later, I graduated from college with a chemistry-business degree. To quote Confucius, ‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Being introduced to a career in teaching, something I’d never considered, was exactly what I needed at the time—it was the “something important” for which I had been looking.
During my first years in the classroom, I was so inspired by my mentors’ and coaches’ resiliency, tenacity, generosity, and most of all, their unconditional love for their students. Their example shaped me into the educator I am today. After eleven years of teaching, I continue to find joy and an even greater sense of purpose in helping my students grow into young adults and achieve their goals.
The hardest part about being a teacher is not being able to control all the factors that affect our students outside of the classroom. Even so, I find satisfaction in being able to pick students up and dust them off after a failure because these are the most powerful opportunities for learning. I find satisfaction in witnessing the “Ah-HA”, light bulb, eureka moments and the excitement of students wanting to share what they have learned. I find satisfaction in being the person who makes a difference for the student who others have struggled to reach and feeling a connection to something bigger than myself. I find satisfaction in being able to share my love for learning and sparking curiosity in my students. I find satisfaction in the hands raised, the questions asked and answered, and most powerfully when they answer them for themselves.”