Ms. Dooley Interview
By Shelsy Augustin and Sashell Pantry
Nottingham High School Business teacher Ms. Michele Dooley sat down with Star Status to talk about her teaching career and some of the changes that she has seen in her 22-years teaching career.
Since you started at Nottingham High School, what are some changes you have noticed?
Changes that I have noticed are many: the building itself has been updated in many areas, the staff and administration have turned over many times in my 22 years of teaching, and the students have become even more diverse, coming from different countries and backgrounds.
Did you ever miss coaching as volleyball coach at Nottingham?
I never coached volleyball at Nottingham, as we never had a team. I run the volleyball tournament for a school event, however, to raise money for students and families in need. There is talk about starting a club, but I am not sure what is happening with that as of now.
Is being a teacher stressful?
I would say that being a teacher has definitely been stressful at times, usually due to the workload and the never-ending responsibilities and obligations that we have on a daily basis. Just the number of decisions needed to be made each day can be exhausting! In addition, it can be stressful trying to create meaningful lessons, constantly keeping up with work to be graded, and helping/managing students in my classes and those that I come into contact with throughout the day. Teaching does have its upsides though, which are the relationships that I build with students, having some good laughs when possible, and seeing students succeed are the positives!