Teacher You Can Count On - Mary Kay Youngs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/10/04

Teacher You Can Count On - Mary Kay Youngs

English is her subject of trade but Mary Kay Youngs, a teacher at O.L. Slaton Junior High knows her history as well. We all know the characters in fiction books are not real, but student's in Youngs English class are sure to understand the history behind each novel they read. Youngs believes that before her students can interpret the symbolism of each story, they must know why the author incorporated it.

"Before the books that we were required to read such as animal farm.. I was not interested in it until she told us some background information and she made us dig up information on it," says Sarah Kiser, a ninth grader at O.L. Slaton Junior High.

Kiser says that Youngs style of teaching changed her misconceptions about reading.

"It actually made me get into reading," says Kiser.

"The way she teaches it to us, we don't learn it out of a textbook. It's more of her talking to us," says Aaron Brown, an eighth grader at O.L. Slaton Junior High.

Youngs isn't the only one talking, she believes her students learn best through each other. Each day she gives her students the opportunity to share their thoughts with the class.

"They say the best learning is when you teach so if I'm the only one teaching I might be the only one learning so I like them to learn from each other," says Youngs.

Youngs students say her style of teaching isn't the only thing that keeps them interested, it's her sense of humor as well.

"She's the funniest teacher because while we're learning we're laughing at the same time. She interacts with a lot of funny stuff," says Brown.

It's not only her ability to keep English interesting, but the interest she takes in her students lives that makes Youngs a teacher you can count on.

"She really cares about her students and she puts all her effort into them," says Kiser.

Youngs stays busy outside of the classroom as well. She is the advisor for National Junior Honor Society and is also helping her students develop a debate team. If you know of a teacher we need to recognize send an E-mail to Teacher@kcbd.com.

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