Thursday, October 4, 2012
According to Amy McAllister, the 2012 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, “I is important.”
The quote from the book, The Help, may be bad grammar, but good teachers should help children improve their self-concepts.
McAllister spoke to over 70 undergraduate candidates from the Future Teacher’s Society and Teacher Cadets on Sept. 12, on the campus of Charleston Southern University.
She made the teacher education candidates listen, think, and laugh as she discussed the joy and challenges of the teaching profession. McAllister, the daughter of a minister, said that she began talking and “teaching” her dolls and her willing father from the time she was a preschooler.
“Teaching is not just a job, it is a calling; but it is a job,” McAllister stated.
The Lake City resident said that teaching is hard work, but it is also joyful and a way to fulfill one’s purpose in life.
School of Education teacher education candidate Abby Ging called the speech an inspiration.
“Mrs. McAlister's speech was very inspirational and motivating,” Ging said. “She is the kind of teacher that I hope to become. She is proof that teachers have the ability and the capability to make a difference in students’ lives.”