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Friday Faculty Feature - Mrs. Pettit
Posted 02/03/2017 08:54AM

Friday Faculty Feature

 

February 3, 2017

 

Sarena Pettit

 

Middle School Spanish

Spanish Club Sponsor

 

At Sumner Academy since: 1978

 

B.A. Vanderbilt

M.Ed. Western Kentucky

 

 

If you weren't a teacher at Sumner Academy, what would you be?

 

I would be a teacher in another school with similar mission and beliefs as Sumner Academy. If that were not possible, I would work with the Hispanic population as an interpreter in a hospital, law office or in helping them acquire housing, aid, etc.

 

What is your favorite Sumner Academy field study?

 

My favorite S.A. field study – day trip to the Mexican restaurant, where the students have to order in Spanish.  For the 8th grade, it is a “Burro Day” where they must speak in Spanish the entire trip. The 8th grade trip to San Antonio is my favorite overnight trip.  The students enjoy multiple opportunities to use their Spanish in the culturally rich environment while we are there.

 

What is the most favorite part of your job?

 

My favorite part of my job is working with the students in the classroom, encouraging them to use their talents in imaginative, creative and fun ways in class.  It is extremely rewarding to watch the students master a skill or concept and then joyfully apply it in the lesson.

 

What is your favorite Sumner Academy tradition?

 

Eighth grade graduation is my favorite S.A. tradition.  As faculty members share their stories about the graduates, we are all drawn into a celebration of our graduates, their accomplishments and their hopes and dreams. 

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