The first year of high school can feel like a year of unlearning.
But for Tara Westover, that’s not the case.
She’s graduating from high school with a degree in education and she’s determined to make her mark as a teacher.
But as she prepares to teach her first class in her new school, she says she’ll never be as experienced as she hopes to be.
“I’m hoping to be a teacher in my own right,” Westover said.
“And I hope I can make a difference.”
When she arrived at Trinity College in Dublin in the fall of 2018, Westover was just a new teacher.
She wasn’t sure if she wanted to be one or two.
“I had no idea if I was going to go into this field, I was just in school for a year,” she said.
After she arrived, she started learning the basics of teaching with her former students and made a plan to make it her career.
“There were a lot of people who were like, ‘You know, this is crazy, this isn’t something you’ve ever done before,'” she said, adding that she never thought she would get this far.
But Westover has been a full-time teacher since 2016, working at the same high school as her current students.
She says the experiences she’s had have taught her to focus on a particular kind of student.
“The way I’ve taught, the way I teach, I’m very sensitive,” Westoff said.
Westover says she’s never been able to work with a group of students with a common interest.
“There are students who are like, I don’t want to hear about this, I just want to listen to this, that, this and that, and I’m not going to listen.”
The same year she enrolled, Westoff says she decided to go on a field trip.
She was on a plane to a location that she wasn’t familiar with, but she was excited to explore it.
“At the end of the day, you’re trying to make something happen, so I wanted to go to this location that I was interested in,” Westo said.
When Westover arrived in Ireland, she said she had no plan.
She said she didn’t know where to start, so she asked her parents for advice.
“They were like that I had a good idea of where I was headed, I had the right amount of resources, and it was just an exciting time in my life,” Weston said.
Now that she’s back in Ireland and her life is starting to settle, Westo says she has a plan for her future.
She plans to teach with her current classes and she wants to make a name for herself as a student and teacher.
She wants to get to know the students in her class better, and to work to help students make a better life for themselves.
“So my ultimate goal is to help them to be happy and fulfilled and able to take their education in the way that they want to go,” West O. said.
Westover said her first year was “so exciting, it was all new.”
“I felt like I had this new feeling and this energy, so much excitement,” West Over said.
She says she wanted the same feeling she had during her first two years, but with a little more time and more experience.
“It’s definitely a bit different, I guess,” she added.
But her experience will be a challenge for students in Trinity College.
“We’re just a short distance away from them, so we’re not just in this classroom to work and learn,” West said.
She also said she hopes that the school will give her the opportunity to teach at a higher level.
“It will be really important to me to make sure that my students are getting the very best from me,” West West said, referring to her new position as a Teaching Fellow at the school.
She hopes the new position will give students the opportunity for her to teach more effectively and help them feel successful.
“If I can help them grow, they will be more successful and happier, because I am going to help in the classroom and in the school,” WestO said.
With so many new things happening in education, there are new challenges for teachers.
Westo is hopeful that the opportunities presented by her new job will help her stay involved in education.
“That’s one of the things I’m really looking forward to, is just going to be the education,” she explained.
West O. hopes to make the most of her new role at Trinity and her experience.
But, she also has a few other goals in mind.
She wants to work on the social aspect of teaching and wants to help make sure students feel supported when they’re in a classroom.
She is also looking to expand her experience into teaching other schools.
“That’s really my focus right now,” Westos said.