Can you tell us about yourself?
"So, hi, I'm Leah Ivy. I am the principal at Quitman Upper Elementary school in Quitman, Mississippi. I have been here for three years. This is my third year here. I've been in education for 14 years."
Why did you start a career in education?
"Why did I start a current education? I had a high school teacher who was very, um, uh, creative and allowed me to do creative things with assignments and flexibility there. She inspired me and I wanted to do that for others."
If you could have any other job what would it be and why?
"If I could have any other job that I would want, I would be in graphic design. I really liked to create and manipulate things in a, in a neat way. So I think I would enjoy that."
How are kids different now than 30 years ago?
"Oh, how are kids different now than 30 years ago? I would say they are way more creative. Um, they break boundaries that, um, back during that time was a rare to do. I'm a lot more vocal, a lot more outspoken."
How is teaching different now than 30 years ago?
"Um, how has teaching different than that? Um, back 30 years ago it was very structured from a textbook, um, very, um, traditional. Um, and there was not, um, the thought of multiple ways to do things. It was just very, um, specific and, and Jerry van, um, definitely didn't have technology that is around these days. Um, and it was, um, just extremely different."
What would you tell someone who wants to become a teacher?
"So what would I tell someone right now that is thinking about becoming a teacher? I would say do it. Um, if you love students and you like to, um, be a part of learning as they learn, um, do it. Go for it. It's not an easy job, but it is very oral wording in many different ways."
What is one thing you would change to help kids learn better?
"What is one thing you would change to help kids learn better? Um, I think the more that we, um, engage in students and their interest in what they're involved in and what they like to do, um, I think that, um, them learning helps a lot. So, um, those are my questions. Bye. Bye."