Rhonda Willis

Algebra I and II, Geometry

Pittsburg High School

Rhonda Willis
Algebra I and II, Geometry
Pittsburg High School

More about Rhonda:
Experience: Seven years at PHS, 12 years in Carl Junction
Hometown: Baxter Springs
Education: Bachelor’s degree in secondary math, Pittsburg State University; currently pursuing an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certificate.
Family: Husband, Larry; daughters, Kristina, Ashley and Lizzy
Interests: Daughters keep her busy, but said one day she will read and knit again

What inspired you to become a teacher?
I think I was just born to be a teacher. I had some good teachers when I was in high school, and, deep down, I think it’s all I ever really wanted to do.

What is most challenging as a teacher and why?
What I find most rewarding is the kids. I love the kids. I always said that the day I quit loving the kids I’ll have to quit being a teacher. What’s most challenging is the focus on state assessments. There’s no accountability for the students. If they don’t do well, nothing happens to them.

Advice for someone who wants to go into education?
The best advice I ever got is if you’re going to be a teacher, “teach for 20 years, don’t teach one year for 20 years.” You have to be open to change so you won’t get bored with it. Keep it fresh.