Graduate Spotlight: Teara Johnson

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Teara Johnson. Photo by Shay Richards

Teara Johnson, a Class of 2023 graduate from Mercer University‘s College of Education, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in elementary/special education.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan to begin my career as a special needs pre-K teacher. I am excited to be able to use all that I have learned at Mercer to make a difference in students’ lives.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Cynthia Anderson, assistant professor of education, has to be my favorite. She was amazingly helpful, energetic, challenging and supportive. She gave me so many tools for me to add to my teacher toolbox. I enjoyed her class throughly.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

Going into the job fair I was very nervous. Walking around I ran into many of my professors and even Dr. Sharon Augustine, professor of teacher education. They all were so helpful in giving tips, aiding conversations, and even listening to what my pitch would be to other employers. They offered suggestions to make it sound better and the support to feel confident in taking this next big step. I really enjoy the family atmosphere at Mercer and how they truly care about our success.

What was your favorite class and why?

One of my favorite classes would have to be intervention strategies for learners with special needs with Dr. Sara Luke, assistant professor of special education. She had it set up for us to do a simulation to teach lessons. It was interesting and enlightening to teach students through the simulation and get a feel for what’s to come prior to being in charge of my own classroom. The practice was great and gave me the confidence I needed when I had to do it in my own during practicum and student teaching.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

You will gain a lot of knowledge and experience during your time at Mercer. Each teacher will provide you with strategies to add to your teacher toolbox. Create a folder and save everything. At some point you will be glad you did, so you can refer back to it. Your professors are truly here to help. Do not be afraid to make connections with your peers. I have developed some great relationships with my classmates, professors and more that will last a lifetime.

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