Back to her roots, Georgia teacher teaches virtually
Moving back to her Georgia roots, local teacher shows (and adjusts to) teaching virtually
Atlanta is one of many cities where young people look to start or continue a career.
Unlike myself moving to Atlanta to continue my profession, Athena Thierry, 26, is originally from the peach state.
Thierry [best known as Ms. Thierry] studied Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and graduated in 2017. At first she was a 4th grade teacher for Milwaukee public schools, but not until this year, she decided to go back to her roots.
“I want to be back where I’ve always called home,” Thierry said.
While on her annual family vacation, she decided to give it a try and applied for a teaching job in Georgia. That same day she applied, she heard back from the principal – the next day she had an interview and got the job. Within four days, she traveled back to Wisconsin to pack up her apartment and moved to Atlanta.
“I was sitting in my apartment like ‘WOW!’ I can’t believe I have to pack this whole place in a day!” Thierry said.
Ms. Thierry is a third-grade science teacher in Clayton County for title I schools. Since the pandemic, teaching virtually has been a lot of adjusting too and a bit hard.
I asked Ms. Thierry what her top three differences were from teaching in-person to teaching virtually, she said:
- building relationships with the students,
- teaching an eight-year-old child how to use a computer and
- how the kids receive their services than what they would usually get being in school.