Interview with Mr.Alsup

Khadijah Reynolds, Contributor

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Among the many new editions to Hardaway’s staff, Mr. Alsup is one of the greatest new editions to the team. I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and ask Mr. Alsup a couple of questions.

How long have you been a teacher?

I have been a teacher for 7 years.

How long have you been a teacher at Hardaway?

This is my 2nd year teaching at Hardaway. Before coming to Hardaway, I worked at Kendrick High School.

What is something you enjoy about working at Hardaway?

One of the things I enjoy about working at Hardaway is the closeness of my co-workers. I enjoy tackling challenges with this supportive team.

What is something you have learned from being a teacher?

I have learned that it takes hard work to get results, but the results are worth it. Results also take time to get.

What is the most challenging thing about being a math teacher?

The most challenging thing about being a math teacher is encountering those students who don’t like math and have a defeated attitude when it comes to math. These students have to be shown why math is important and must be provided with a reason to do.

How do you face this challenge?

The way I face this challenging is by trying to provide students motivation and show them a reason for what they are doing  

Outside of your classroom, do you perform any other jobs for Hardaway or the district?

I am on the district design team for QBAs, and I am on Hardaway’s department chair for math.

Outside of school, do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? How do they contribute to your teaching experience?

I have been a Jiu Jitsu teacher for 9 years, and it has taught me quite a few things. I have learned the importance of behavior management, discipline skills, and how to control a class.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I had amazing math teachers in school and I grew up wanting to inspire kids as some of them inspired me.

What are your future goals as an educator?

I have thought about teaching adult courses about education. I believe if more teachers are trained, we change the lives of many more students.  

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