There’s a new math teacher in the town of Mechanic Falls who works at Elm Street School for the seventh and eighth grade, and her name is Mrs. Sharon Goss. I had the chance to interview her, and ask her a couple of questions.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: I have been teaching at Elm Street School as an Ed Tech in junior high for the past five years. This is my first year as a math teacher.

Q: What inspired you to teach seventh and eighth graders?

A: It was my very own junior high teacher, Mr. Smith, who inspired me to teach math. I have worked with him for the past five years. When he got ready to retire, he encouraged me to apply for the position, so I did, and here I am.

Q: What’s your favorite part of teaching?

A: I enjoy the challenge of working with junior high students. When I began teaching, one of my own children was entering junior high. I enjoy working with this age group.

Q: What do you want to tell kids who think they’ll never succeed in math, or in school in general?

A: I want to tell all the kids who think they’ll never succeed in math or in school in general that they have the potential. It’s up to them to decide that they can do it. It requires hard work, but if they are willing, they will succeed.

Q: What was your favorite subject in school as a kid?

A: As a child, my favorite subject in school was language arts. I enjoyed the challenge of spelling new words, dissecting sentences, and looking for the different parts of speech. I also enjoyed reading. When I was very young, my mom would read to my twin sister and I every night before bed. So reading was a favorite part of growing up, too.

I’d like to thank Mrs. Goss for her truthfully answered questions. I know I love having her as a math teacher, and everyone else does too!

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