Reesa Herr

Cohort 18 - Teacher Certification

How long have you wanted to be a teacher?
For as long as I can remember I always knew that teaching was what I wanted to do. As a child I would always play a make believe game of teacher. My Dad always tells me that I would set up my “classroom” and make him sit and be the student. I have always had a passion towards becoming a teacher.  

What do you think will be your favorite subject to teach?
I hope all of them are! I want to teach at the elementary level so I will have the experience of teaching all subjects to my students. But when I was in elementary school, reading was always something I absolutely loved!

How do you think you’ll feel the first time you step in front of a class?
I’m sure I will be feeling a lot of things…accomplished, proud, happy, nervous, confident, determined…

What will you bring to your classroom from your life experiences?
Growing up I had so many influential teachers, so I hope that from my experiences I can be influential to my students. I want to inspire them to be whom they are no matter what life may throw their way.

What do you think your students will like best about you?
My energetic personality

Were you surprised to get into the K-8 Teacher Certification Program at UW Bothell?
Just like waiting for admission into anything else, I was very nervous anticipating the outcome, but I was confident I had what UWB was looking for in terms of a candidate for the program.

What was the hardest part of the application for you?
I don’t know if I would consider it hard, but what took the most time and effort were the essay questions.

What was your background coming into the program?
Lots and lots of volunteer experience. I had the opportunity to work with my fourth grade teacher for three years prior to coming into the program. I loved getting to essentially be her student again. I learned so much from her and am so thankful I had that experience.

Where did you go to elementary school?
Sherwood Elementary in Edmonds, WA

When you were a small child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher!

What does the  word “cohort” mean to you?
A community that has a shared experience through their education.

What is the hardest thing about taking classes in the summer?
The distractions of our every day lives.

Where do you get your lunch when you are on campus all day for classes?
I pack my lunch either the night before or in the morning! Sometimes Subway if I am running behind.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about a faculty member?
I would consider this to be the most inspiring thing I’ve learned…that they decided the best fit for them in their teaching career was to teach at a one-roomed schoolhouse. It was very inspiring and made me realize that change is good and we should always to what makes us happy.

What will you miss most about UW Bothell when you finish your program?
The feel you get when you walk onto campus. I have yet to meet someone at UWB that didn’t make me feel welcomed, important and seen.

First word that comes to mind when you hear “technology”?
Influential

What is the last book you read not for school?
The Hunger Games trilogy

What was the last song you heard that you sang along to?
Same Love by Macklemore

What’s your dream vacation?
Going back to Ireland to visit my sister!

Where would you most like to take a class of students outside of school?
The Recycling Center!