“Mustangs Ahead” is asking teachers “Why do you teach?” This segment by Paige Venuto is about LRHS math teacher Alicia Moody.
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- My college major was biology with an emphasis in chemistry. After college, I was not sure what direction I wanted to pursue for a career. I spoke with a friend who had been teaching, and she suggested I might be interested in teaching science in high school. Florida has an alternative route to a career in teaching for those who did not major in education. I applied for this program, and my first job was in Okaloosa County at Choctawhatchee High School.
It was my first interview, and they hired me on the spot. That first year as a new teacher was an eye-opening experience. I went back to college soon after and pursued an advanced degree in Educational Leadership. I thought I would want to become a principal someday. I finally decided I was making a difference in the classroom, and it was the best place for me.
I just began my 30th year of teaching this school year. I have had chemistry classes every year, but I have also taught zoology, botany, and environmental science. This is my 17th year at LRHS, and I plan to work for four more years. I tell everyone that I will begin next year with the incoming freshmen class, and I will retire when they graduate.
The best part of teaching is working with students who are eager to learn and work hard to pursue their dreams. One of the biggest rewards of this job is learning from my students. Working with young people enables you to stay young at heart.