Shelia Webster-Gray

First Grade

B.S., Illinois State University

sgray@morganparkacademy.org

Shelia Webster-Gray first joined our Lower School as a substitute teacher in 2001 before assuming a full-time role in 2004. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University.

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Q&A

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

At the beginning of each school year, I feel such excitement and enthusiasm as I anticipate meeting my new class. I look forward to seeing their smiles, personalities, and eagerness to learn as we start a new adventure together. I love how a young child’s mind works and their inquisitive nature. I welcome their questions because it tells me they are eager to learn.

What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

I want my students to know that I care about them and I have their best interest at heart. I encourage each of my students to keep trying and never give up. I want them to be willing to take risks even if it means that they may not always be right. Making mistakes is part of learning. I let them know, “That was a good try.” I believe positive encouragement is a key component. I know that everything I say has an impact on them and I want that impact to be good, one that they remember.

What are your favorite moments with a student?

One of my favorite moments is watching a student’s face light up when they learn something new. This doesn’t happen at the same time for every student and that makes it even more rewarding. I think with lots of patience, modeling, and guidance, all students can achieve.