Stephanie Seiberg, a new teacher at Wells Elementary School, said she’s ready to face the school year head on and immerse herself in the Jones County lifestyle.
The new teacher said she lives in Milledgeville and is getting married in December. She said she just bought a house in Jones County with her fiancé, so they will be moving closer to the school soon. She said what stood out to her about Jones County was the purple and gold on the police cars.
She said she taught in Wilkinson County and in Milledgeville previously. She said the schools are similar to Jones County schools, but she said she could feel the family atmosphere a little more in Jones.
“It was exciting to know I’d be teaching at Wells because I really wanted to settle down in Jones County. As I’ve grown older, I liked how Jones County felt. I had friends who went to Jones County schools, so that helped me realize how great the school system is here,” Seiberg said.
The teacher said she received her teaching degree from Georgia College in Milledgeville. She said the school gave her a great foundation and prepared her for life in the classroom.
“I’ll be teaching fifth grade English language arts and social studies,” she said. “This will be my sixth year teaching and my third year teaching ELA and social studies for fifth grade. Social studies is my favorite, and I enjoy reading all the different books for ELA.”
Seiberg said she hopes to one day move to upper grades and teach history because she really enjoys American history. She said before she was studying to become a teacher, she was in school to become a lawyer.
“A law degree was always on my radar. I took a lot of psychology classes, but with advice from family and friends, I decided to become a teacher. It’s been my calling ever since,” the teacher said.
She said it’s difficult to say what she’ll like about teaching this year because everything is so unknown so far. She said everything is new and different this year due to COVID-19.
“The atmosphere I’m in is exciting because I’m going to be able to expand on my teaching and bring in some of those creative ideas,” she said. “The classrooms are smaller, so I can really focus on the students more.”
The teacher said she’s decided to be positive about the changes this year and not let things become an obstacle. She said the challenges will allow her and the students to learn and grow together throughout the school year.
“I’m trying to teach them now that there are obstacles we will come across, but we don’t have to let them stop us from learning,” Seiberg said. “We can still have a normal routine with everything going on.”
“I enjoy the family atmosphere at Wells and how we seem to all work together like a family,” she said. “We seem to really understand each other, and we help each other out. It’s great to have that support at a new school.”