Name: Becky Field
Job title: Seventh grade Science Teacher
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I've been teaching since 1984, but I took a few years off to stay home with my kids when they were little. I started teaching part time in 1997 and then came back full time again in '99.
Q: How did you get into this profession?
A: When I was a junior in high school, I was asked to teach some sports classes in a recreation program for a nearby town. Coaching and teaching came naturally to me, and the next year, I was asked to run the entire recreation program for that town. I knew I had found my niche in life, and I decided on my career right there and then.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?
A: What causes me the most stress is having to discipline students. The most challenging part of teaching is making sure that the kids are enjoying science and learning at the same time.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Hearing my current students say that science is their favorite class and having former students come back to tell me or write me that they really enjoyed my class and learned a lot from me about life in general is what I find most rewarding. My heart sings when I hear a former student say "Because of your class or your influence, I chose to ..."
Q: What is a teaching tool or method that is unique to you?
A: I don't think it's necessarily unique to me, but I try to use humor in the classroom whenever I can so that my students enjoy learning about science. I try to develop relationships with my students so they have an adult they can talk to at school. I try to use technology whenever possible so the material they are learning is more interesting.
Q: Briefly describe your most heartwarming teaching/student experience.
A: One student wrote me to thank me for being such a positive influence in her life. She had decided to enter the mission field full time and wanted me to know about it. That still gives me warm fuzzies.
Q: What are your favorite activities when you are not at school?
A: Spending time with my family and friends, playing sports, traveling, singing and playing guitar and reading.
Q: What is one thing about your profession that you wish the public at large understood?
A: We really do care about the students we teach and have their best interests at heart. We are not out to make them fail or make them miserable. I would also like to let parents know that their children will do best in school if they are supportive of their child's teachers.
Q: What do you like most about Craig Middle School?
A: I feel blessed to be teaching at this school and working with such a wonderful staff and administration. I love teaching seventh- and eighth-graders because it's not to late to make a difference in their lives and most are still enthusiastic about learning.