Thompson Tells Students Their 'Voice is Valuable'
MY NAME IS . . .
Dr. Becky Louise Thompson
IíVE BEEN TEACHING AT NGU SINCE . . .
MY JOB IS . . .
the coordinator for English language arts secondary education and the coordinator for freshman English and sophomore literature. And then, of course, I teach. But most of all, Iím almost like a counselor. I can get students from all majors, and it gives me an opportunity to teach them to be good communicators. I want to teach them that their voice is valuable.
WHEN IíM NOT GRADING PAPERS . . .
a lot of it is reading! I do know it seems very typical. Iíd like to say, ďOh, I love waterskiing!Ē Or, I donít know, ďOh, I make cornhusk dolls!Ē (I donít know where that just came from. See, Iím already known for the weird dolls and puppets, but if I knew how to make cornhusk dolls, I could make all my own dolls.)
INTERESTING PLACES IíVE TRAVELLED TO ARE . . .
all of the author homes Iíve visited, from Connecticut with Mark Twainís house to Stephen Kingís house in Maine.
MY FAVORITE AUTHOR IS . . .
Oh, my stars! [It] would have to be Emily Dickinson.
ONE OF MY FUN CLASSROOM TRADITIONS IS . . .
I always take pictures of my classes. Teaching is my ministry. And in those three or four months, thatís my chance to make an impact. I take the picture because I would love to think that, when a student leaves my classroom, he or she is different because of knowing me ó not just because of me, but seeing Christ in me. And I want to have a memento of sorts.
I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A COLLEGE PROFESSOR WHEN . . .
I never thought about teaching college until I actually did it as a grad assistant. But I do love teaching college, and I know itís a calling. College students are inquisitive, and theyíre finding their voice. And itís such a rewarding experience to witness them figuring out who they are.
MY TEACHING MOTTO IS . . .
I pray that I see each one, I listen to each one, I recognize each one.
I THINK MY SUBJECT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE . . .
we as humans are made up of words.
I DECIDED TO JOIN THE NGU FAMILY BECAUSE . . .
God uprooted me. It was the only time in my life I really didnít know what I was going to do. When I left Northland ó itís in the Upper Peninsula of Wisconsin ó itís a beautiful place: mountains, forests, and deer everywhere. And when I left, I was crying and crying, and my sister wanted to know why. And I said, ďIím never going to teach anywhere beautiful again.Ē And it wasnít even two weeks later that I was driving to Tigerville for the first time. I got out of my car, and I immediately looked towards those mountains. Even before Iíd spoken to a person, I knew this was where I was going to be.
THE TITLE OF MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY WOULD BE . . .
ďEven Though Youíre Not Listening, Iím Still Talking.Ē
MY FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING IS . . .
Itís remarkable that I get paid to read books that I already want to read and talk about authors that I already want to talk about, but itís all about the students.
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