Tiffany Thenor is a Southeastern University graduate with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Learn about her experience as a second grade teacher and drama club sponsor for low-income students. She also shares how SEU prepared her through internships and other hands-on projects.
My name is Tiffany Thenor and I graduated from Southeastern University in 2009 with a bachelors in Elementary Education. Now I am a second grade teacher. I had a really great opportunity to continue what I learned from Southeastern and impact the lives of our next generation. I was taught that it’s import to have a professional and personal relationship with the children you’re teaching. They did a really great job of modeling that student and teacher relationship so I try to incorporate it daily in my own classroom and help them to know how important they are and how valued they are. It’s really neat when we have a child who is really struggling in the beginning of the year and at the end of the year I can see how far they’ve come. In addition to teaching second grade I was able to start a drama club. We’re able to present different musicals and different dramas a few times a year. We’re a title one school so the children that I teach come from a low income family. They aren’t presented with different opportunities that other children are so it’s really neat that they are able to perform, sing and dance on stage and feel important. The Education Department at Southeastern provided me with a lot of different hands on experiences. The different projects that professors required us to create really prepared me for the different lesson plans I’m going to have to make and I continue to make today. They assigned me a different internship every year. In my final internship I was given, I actually landed a job through it which is where I’m at today. Every year I’m given a new group of children who come in with all different skill sets and I’m able to incorporate all of the things I learned at Southeastern. Every year I get better and better. I am doing what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m able to impact the next generation and it doesn’t ever get old.