Civil Servant of the week Barrington Place Elementary’s Alicia Young
Are you from Fort Bend originally?
“I am from Fort Bend. I went through all fort bend schools growing up. Townewest elementary, Sugar Land Middle School and Kempner High School.”
How did you decide to become a teacher? Where did you go to college?
“I have always enjoyed working with kids. I was working at a pre-school after high school and loved it. I decided to change my major from physical therapy to education.”
I earned my bachelors degree from University of Houston. Go Coogs! And my masters from Grand Canyon University.”
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher?
“The most rewarding moment in teaching is when you see the light bulb go off. You see that the kids really get it and all that hard work has paid off.”
Describe the importance of reading in a student’s development?
“Reading is important because you need it across every subject not just for when you are reading during your reading block in school. You have to read math problems, you need to read in science and social studies too. In the early years of education we are teaching the kids to read. This is so important because as they progress in the educational career they are reading to learn.”
What’s it like to watch your students become better readers, between the beginning and end of the school year?
“Watching my students become better readers through the year is so rewarding. You can say a student came in your class not knowing their letters but when they left they were reading.”
What are your goals as a teacher over the next few years?
I am a teacher that loves to continue learning. I think it is important to be a life long learner. There is always something else you can learn to do. Right now I am in school through Texas Women’s University, training for the Reading Recovery Program. I am really enjoying these classes and teaching Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery is an intense one on one intervention program to help struggling readers. Eventually I would like to be a full time reading interventionist or a reading specialist.
What hobbies and interests do you enjoy outside of teaching?
Outside of teaching me and my family are involved in church activities. We love doing things as a family. Anything from family movie night to hanging out with friends and their family. I have a husband of 12 years and two sons – Collin, 10 and Caden 6. We are also very involved in scouts with both boys.”