Northwest alumni return as teachers

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Northwest alumni return as teachers

English teacher Ashley Bost currently teaches English 11.  She graduated from Northwest in 2011.

English teacher Ashley Bost currently teaches English 11. She graduated from Northwest in 2011.

English teacher Ashley Bost currently teaches English 11. She graduated from Northwest in 2011.

English teacher Ashley Bost currently teaches English 11. She graduated from Northwest in 2011.

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Northwest Guilford High School is known for its good environment and high academic standards, so it’s no surprise that some alumni of Northwest return as teachers.  They cite the atmosphere of the school and their enjoyment as a student at Northwest.

“I really enjoyed the environment when I was here as a student,” English teacher Ashley Bost said, “I just felt like this was the place to be.”

Bost noted that while she was at Northwest she was very focused on her studies but was also active in clubs and often attended football games with her friends.  She credited her college readiness and her love of education to the teachers at Northwest.

In addition to the environment and the focus on college readiness, Northwest also has many good teachers dedicated to their students.  

“I had a lot of good teachers, some of whom are still here,”  Latin teacher Parker Jackson said.

Jackson also said she tries to incorporate some of the teaching styles of her past teachers.

“All the good things I remember about my own teachers I try to bring to my own classroom,” said Jackson.  

Students notice and appreciate this effort to apply good teaching styles to their classes.

“You can tell she kind of knows what it’s like to be a student (here), and she really works to make sure that you know what you’re doing,” Senior Kaitlyn Austin said.

Students had other positive things to say about having a teacher who was once sitting in their seats.

“It helps Ms. Jackson become closer with her students because she has lived the life of a Northwest student and a Northwest teacher,” senior Nick Gray said.

In addition to students feeling a closer connection to their teachers, these alumni teachers also have a different relationship with their former teachers.

“It was really weird at first (working with former teachers), I didn’t know if I should call them by their first names,” said Bost, “But now its so awesome, I can see the difference between the teacher relationship I had with them versus now; now they’re friends.”

Overall, students like having teachers who were students at Northwest.  They find it beneficial to their studies and helpful for preparation for college.

“She (Jackson) understands us,” Gray said, “(She) connects with us in a way that you can’t connect with other teachers.”

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