Dasretta Sapp, Special Education, Buford Middle School
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The hardest thing about my job is time management. It can be a challenge getting everything completed within the timeframes you must meet.
What is the most common misconception about your job?
The most common misconception is that teachers have a lot of down time. Even when we’re not in the classroom teaching or at school, we must find the time to continuously learn and improve our craft, make connections that foster partnerships with our parents, and put in the time to prepare quality instruction to meet the varied learning styles of our students.
Where do you see the teaching field in five years?
In the next five years education will need to keep step with the changing needs of our workforce. We will need to prepare students for changing employment options. Technology will demand different skill sets, and we must be flexible enough to understand that one size does not fit all. Everyone may not go to college, yet we must find a way to give all students marketable skills for access to resources and lifestyle options.
What outside experience best prepared you to become an educator?
Education was always important in my family. I am the youngest of 11 siblings and four of us were teachers. The influence of my older sisters, who were teachers, inspired me. We played school as children and several teachers were encouraging to me. I respected what they did and saw them as role models. The biggest role model was my mother, who had limited education but was the best teacher a child could have, so becoming a teacher seemed the most natural thing for me to do. I attended Bennett College in Greensboro, N. C. Their teacher preparation program formed my formal preparation, but my love for learning began at home and was the biggest influence for me choosing teaching as a profession.