The work component of the Cox Scholars Program has prepared me more than I could have imagined for student teaching and for my future career as a teacher.

Tell us about your work placement experience.

I work at Grandview Elementary School as a teacher assistant for a fifth grade teacher. I assist the teacher with many different tasks such as grading papers, working one-on-one with students, teaching lessons, making copies, and helping with school programs.

What is something you have learned through your work?

I have learned that I am able to command a classroom and teach a lesson on my own. I am certain that fifth and sixth grade are the grade levels that I want to teach. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in interacting with students who have different disabilities.

How will being a part of the Cox Scholars Program help you in the future?

The work component of the Cox Scholars Program has prepared me more than I could have imagined for student teaching and for my future career as a teacher. This program has also given me motivation and self-confidence. It is not easy trying to finish school with a family to take care of. The people in the Cox Scholar Program have shown me that they believe in me and feel that I am worth investing in. 

That has impacted me a great deal and I plan to use that with my students in the future. My students will know that they are worth investing in.

What is your favorite memory as a Cox Scholar?

My favorite memory so far has been at my work component. I had a student come to me one day and give me a hug. She said, “Mrs. Tyler, I look forward to every Friday because I know you will be here.”

What do you do outside of the Cox Scholars Program?

I am a substitute teacher for Mitchell Community Schools between semesters. I spend the weekends spending time with my husband and two beautiful daughters.