Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program

The University of Mississippi

November Spotlight

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by whitdt


Name: Beth Neese

District: Westernline

School: Riverside Elementary

Grade/Subject: Academic Coach


This has nothing to do with academic recognition or best teaching strategies, but it involves a prior student of mine that I had last year. Last year I taught 4th grade Reading to four different classes. I tried my best to instruct students and preparing them for MCT2. At the same time, I was working on AR goals, competitions, and student recognition for grades 1st through 6th. At the end of the school year I was Test Coordinator for MCT2 and any times I had a substitute in the classroom while I worked with testing. I loved each and every student and they all knew it. This year I’m not in the classroom but I am still working with teachers and students in all grade groups. One of my students from last year made my day this morning and brought me the best gift. I have a collection of owls within my room as well as some owls at home that I love. This morning I came to school and received a statue of an owl from a particular student. He stated that he saw it in the store and thought of me. It is made of iron and heavy as all get out. I have been truly blessed by the students I have taught. Each year provides the best opportunity for me and I take my job to heart. Don’t ever give up and think that these kids are not listening, because they are and you are making a difference.