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Teacher Spotlight with Ms. McCown

posted Sep 4, 2015, 10:18 AM by Travis Redden


   “Science is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..." - President Barack Obama.  In today's world we need more people who are able to work with technology,science and math.  Many new jobs require an education supported by these fields. Here at Brownstown High School I interviewed Ms. Nicole McCown, the high school and junior high math teacher, who is in her third year at BHS. She discussed college, why she became a teacher, and even answered a few personal questions as well.


    When Ms. McCown was in second grade, she decided that she wanted to become a teacher.  She commented "I only wanted to be a teacher because it meant that I could boss people around and be extremely creative".  As she grew up, Ms. McCowen said “I started to see that teachers were the ones encouraging students to work hard, be responsible, and be the best they can be.”  Ms. McCown originally wanted to be an elementary teacher, but was encouraged by her calculus teacher to earn a mathematics degree instead. Ms. McCown said "since I wanted to inspire students, I knew that the only way to do that was if I actually had a job teaching, otherwise I would not be able to accomplish that goal".  Ms. McCown  knew how math becomes more challenging throughout high school and she didn't want students to struggle the way she once did.  After graduating from Indiana State University in Terre Haute and earning her bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education and a minor in coaching she came to Brownstown High School.


    When Ms. McCown first arrived to teach at BHS she thought the school was small in size, but liked the inviting atmosphere around the building.  During her second year of teaching Ms. McCown stated that she was better prepared for issues that would occur when teaching her classes.  She also said that her first year was difficult due to having to find multiple ways to solve math problems, as well as making sure students didn't fall too far behind in class.  


    Then, Ms. McCown replied to a handful of personal questions.  Ms. McCown said that she lives with her two dogs, Olivia and Sweat Pee.  As well as her love for her pets, Ms. McCown enjoys reading. Some of Ms. McCown’s favorite books include the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games Trilogy.  Along with her favorite books, Ms. McCown relishes in books by Nicholas Sparks, Meg Cabot, and Stephen King.  Her other hobbies include playing volleyball and softball.


Lastly, some final words from Ms. McCown about this new school cycle.  She said that she is using a new system called "Class Dojo" as a way to keep track of how students behave in her classes on a day to day basis and that it would have been beneficial to her in previous years.  Ms. McCown also mentioned about how she missed having students in class that didn't take any math courses this year.  On a final note Ms. McCown exclaimed "if you need help on math, ASK FOR HELP!"


Article by Seth Powell


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