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Mrs. Liz Thor Reflects on Teaching and Changes in the Past 38 Years

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Having been teaching at Huntington for 38 years, Mrs Thor is a favorite of the students here. Mrs. Liz Thor has probably been working at Huntington for the longest out of the staff here. During the interview, Mrs. Thor confessed that our school has changed drastically since she first came here 38 years ago. Students weren’t as dependent on the use of technology as they are now. Through technology nowadays, parents are able to get involved with the students’ progress at school. Dealing with parents as well as students has become a large part of a teacher’s career.

Surprisingly, she didn’t teach math all her years! In addition to teaching math for grades 6 – 8 from Periods 1 – 4, she taught 6th & 7th grade English, and 6th grade Social Studies. Providing the help to students requiring extra attention, Ms. Thor is always more than glad and moved when students contact her for clarification.  Ms. Thor is most moved when a student suddenly gets something with her help; rather than making her feel bad for possibly not teaching the subject very well to that student. She enjoys teaching the Financial Section in math because students can actually use the skills in the real-world.

One of the most frustrating part of teaching for Mrs. Thor is when her students just don’t get the lesson no matter what. This puts pressure on Mrs. Thor because of her genuine passion for educating students. She would always reason patiently until the student learns what would help him or her greatly in the future.

Being a math teacher is no piece of cake! Grading mountains of papers and teaching tons of lessons is certainly not easy. Marking a bad grade on a test is not easy work for Mrs. Thor. She would truly love the sight of having students doing so well on the exams; lessening her stress on students. Students in Mrs. Thor’s class are free to ask her anything they need, for Mrs. Thor would love to answer any inquiries as long as her students fully understand the lesson in the end.

One student in Mrs. Thor’s class notes that “ Mrs. Thor is strict, but a patient teacher.” She later explains that Mrs. Thor is strict in the way of completing homework, but she is always so patient with the students. “Mrs. Thor really teaches me math,” she said. She really appreciates Mrs. Thor’s teaching methods, and has learned a lot in math this year.

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