“Mustangs Ahead” is asking teacher “Why do you teach?” This segment is about English teacher, Terri Grimes.
I wanted to be an English teacher for as long as I could remember. Santa brought me a blackboard one year, and I would come home from school and teach my dolls and teddy bears everything I had learned in school that day. When I went to college, I enrolled in education classes, did my student teaching, and truly thought I would be a teacher. But my freshman year, as an elective, I took a journalism class and was hooked.
My high school was very small and did not have a student newspaper, much less journalism classes. I was immersed in speech and debate, student council, and other things. I continued pursuing my English major at Western Kentucky University, but I began taking more and more journalism classes and finally switched my major to journalism with a minor in English. After graduation, I worked for the Park City Daily News in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for five years. I then decided that it was time to move on. I applied to The Bradenton Herald and they offered me a job as a features reporter. For a while I loved every minute of it. Until I didn’t.
Journalism began changing in ways that made me uncomfortable. I was no longer sure that what I did made a difference. That’s when I decided to leave and pickup teaching again. I freelanced for a couple of months before being hired to teach 9th- and 10th-grade English at Bradenton Academy (which no longer exists). I taught sixth-grade English at Johnson Middle School for two years, and then wound up at LRHS in 1998. I currently teach AP Literature, Speech, and English.