Meet Your Teacher: Mrs. Clevinger: The teacher students have called ‘fun’

By BROOKE J. WOOD

brooke@southwesttimes.com

Angela Clevinger, who says she’s always been an open book, shares that, while in grade school, she wanted to be a lawyer like Michael Barbour, a member of the Pulaski County School Board.

The educator students have called “fun” teaches first-graders at Critzer Elementary School. She believes students want to learn from and please a teacher with whom they have a strong relationship.

“A good teacher brings out the best in his or her students,” she says. “I think a teacher that seems happy to be with them, and tries to make learning fun and engaging, have greater success.”

The Dublin native has been teaching in Pulaski County Public Schools for 19 years, after completing one year in the Floyd public school system. She attended Radford University, earned a master’s in reading and is a licensed reading specialist.

She says reading is her favorite way to relax and learning her favorite hobby.

Clevinger, who currently resides in Pulaski, says the best part of teaching is “feeling like I make a difference in children’s lives. I love when a student finds success with learning and they feel good about learning, too.”

She adds that seeing “happy smiles and hearing laughter from the children” is the best part of the school day.

She says when she works with children she tries to treat them the way she would want someone to treat her own child.

“Parents send us our most precious little ones,” she explains. “Those children deserve our very best. I must love them. They must learn and they must be safe. I also want them to be happy. I think teachers have to do for their students what they would want done for their own children.”

Clevinger believes Pulaski County Public Schools have always been committed to the success of students.

“As a former graduate from Pulaski County Public Schools I can speak this as truth,” she elaborates. “I have never met a more committed group of educators who believe that education is essential to success. Not only do the teachers of this county believe this, but they are dedicated to offering this success to all students. This school system believes that success is obtainable and within reach for every single student. I am proud to be an educator with Pulaski County Public Schools, and I am happy to send my children to Pulaski’s schools.”

Clevinger is currently pursuing a degree in educational leadership.

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