Beth Clifford is our most recent Featured Teacher! Clifford works at Queen of Peace Catholic Academy teaching 3rd-grade English, reading, spelling, math, faith, science and social studies. This is her ninth year teaching at Queen of Peace, but her first year teaching through a world-wide pandemic. Read on to learn more about Beth Clifford!
AT WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK?
Queen of Peace Catholic Academy
WHAT GRADE/AGE DO YOU TEACH?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A TEACHER?
This year is my ninth year of teaching at Queen of Peace.
WHAT SUBJECT DO YOU TEACH?
English, Reading, Spelling, Math, Faith, Science and Social Studies
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I realized that I wanted to become a teacher when my daughter, Emma, was a little less than a year old. The smile, the pride, and the excitement in her eyes when she learned something new that I taught her was AMAZING! I instantly knew that I had to do this for a living!
What is your favorite part of the school day?
I love it when I get to see a student have an “AHA” moment! It can be anytime throughout the day. I also love it when one of my students will tell me a story or share something about themselves, just because they can. You can learn so much from a child when you simply stop and listen.
Do you have a favorite assignment/ lesson you give the students?
I love it when my students’ research and present topics in the classroom. We do this in Science and Social Studies a few times each year. Their favorite topics to research and present involve animals and historical people.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be?
If I was a superhero, I would be Aqua girl because I love to be near the water.
How do you wind down from a long day of teaching?
I like to wind down the day with a run, followed by enjoying family time with my husband and our two kiddos.
What do you like to do outside of the classroom?
Outside of school, I love to travel, relax at the beach, paint, read and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends.
Share a funny teaching moment!
My birthday is always a fun and silly day. Students love to guess how old their teacher is turning. Some say I am a teenager, and some think I am over 100 years old.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite types of books as a teacher are any type of crime novel. I really don’t have a favorite one of those. My favorite book that we read every year as a class is a book titled “Wonder.”
What was something fun you did on a summer vacation?
We traveled to Ireland for 10 days, and it was a dream come true!