Paula Etheridge

Middle & Upper School Social Studies

B.A., Northern Illinois University
M.Ed., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


How do you inspire students to enjoy learning?

The best way to inspire students is to show them your passion for your subject and how interesting it can be. I try to get them interested in the people in the history books as people, not just names. I want students to come away with a love of learning and a curiosity about what happened and why.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Interacting with the kids when they are really interested. My favorite moment is when the bell rings and the kids go “awwwww” because they have to leave.

What traits do you look for in your ‘ideal’ student?

Curiosity, an open mind, a deep thinker, a desire to be a better person.

How do you inspire a student who has a hard time learning your subject?

A taste of success goes a long way. I try to help them with that first good grade and then applaud them along the way.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I always wanted to be a teacher. Then when I took world history in high school, I discovered the joy of learning about people from the past and how they lived their lives.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

I love reading about history, watching movies, technology and computers, traveling when I can, and my family of animals.