Written by The Herald-News
Each year, The Herald-News interviews the new teachers in the community to provide our readers with an introduction to the new school staff teaching our children.
This week, we feature three of those new teachers and will continue our coverage in upcoming weeks.
Daisha Douglas, originally from Roberts, teaches second-grade at Southside Elementary School.
“I decided to become a teacher because I enjoy helping others learn and helping them become well-educated individuals,” Douglas noted.
She graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and this is her first teaching job in the United States. She taught second-grade girls for a year in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
When asked what she likes best about teaching, she said, “I enjoy getting to know my students and being able to see them succeed every day.”
Her favorite memory would be her traveling experience overseas and being able to learn about a new culture.
“What I am looking forward to the most this year is getting to experience a new culture and meeting new people within the community,” she said.
Erin Fosland is the business education teacher, Yearbook advisor and new Gear Up liaison at Wolf Point High School.
She was born and raised in Scobey. She graduated from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.
When asked what made her decide to become a teacher, she noted, “There were many reasons why I wanted to become a teacher. First and foremost, I love kids and want to see them be successful in their futures. High school is a ‘make it’ or ‘break it’ point for many young adults and I wanted to help positively influence them to continue their education. Education is vital in today’s society so I hope to inspire students to go above and beyond, to attain an education and to be successful in their futures.”
Wolf Point High School is her first teaching job and she said she’s loving it so far. She did her student teaching in Dickinson at Dickinson Catholic Schools, Trinity High School and also coached high school volleyball for Trinity High School.
“There are many things I enjoy about teaching, but most of all I enjoy getting to know the students and their life stories,” she said. “I truly believe you can learn just as much from your students as they can learn from you as a teacher. I also enjoy taking on the challenges that occur from day to day. There is never one day that is exactly the same as the next, so it keeps me on my toes.”
When asked about her favorite memory of teaching so far, she said, “I have had too many great memories of teaching from my time in North Dakota to now to narrow it down!”
“I am looking forward to getting to know the students and staff at WPHS,” she said. “It’s been a great year so far and I’m looking forward to what else is to come!”
As the new coordinator for the Gear Up program at WPHS, she is looking forward to the activities Gear Up sponsors for students at WPHS as well as parents.
She is also the Yearbook advisor this year, so if any parents or community members have photos they would like to submit to my yearbook staff, they can check out Replayit.com.
Wolf Point High School graduate Jocelyn Peters returns to the Wolf Point School system as a second-grade teacher at Southside Elementary School.
“In high school, I was a swimming instructor at the city pool and loved watching children walk away from lessons with new skills I had taught them. I did not initially go into education in college, but one day I read an article asking what a teacher makes (as in salary). Instead of a number, the teacher responded, ‘I make a difference.’ I decided then that I should be choosing an occupation where I could make a difference.”
She graduated from Montana State University - Billings with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in reading. This is her first teaching job and did her student teaching in a second-grade classroom in Billings.
“The part I enjoy most about teaching is seeing the look in students’ eyes when they have finally figured out a new concept or realized that they are great at something,” she said.
When asked about her favorite memory, she said, “I can’t pick an exact moment, but I love listening to all of the conversations my students get started in classroom. From why I look taller one today to what it feels like to lose your parents in Albertson’s, I am always laughing with my students.”
“I am looking forward to lots of learning by both myself and my students,” she noted.