Q&A with David

How has INSPIRE or the School of Education helped you grow as a future teacher?

INSPIRE has given me many opportunities to get involved in the School of Ed. I have met/made many relationships with exceptional teachers. Living on the INSPIRE floor has been really good, from the relationships I've made to the various events we've had, I have grown as a person and future teacher. The INSPIRE seminar is also very application-driven, making it more fun and down-to-earth than most education classes.

What has been your favorite experience as a member of the INSPIRE so far?

My favorite experience as an INSPIRE member has been our Fireside Chats. A few times a semester, we have either a few or a whole panel of exceptional teachers come on our floor for an open discussion about a certain education subject, like mental health or classroom management. They are really fun community-centered activities I don't think most people get at college. There are no rules - it's just a fun talk that usually goes over time :)

What influenced your decision to become a Peer Leader?

My experience as a freshman and the relationships I made influenced my decision to become a Peer Leader. I love working more closely with James and the other Peer Leaders to shape the attitude and openness of the floor. I also love the experience working with freshmen who are still figuring stuff out. Participating as a leader is really good experience for my future career in education, as well.

INSPIRE is a great way to become more acquainted with the SoE and other education majors, building an awesome community before you even enter college.