By Phoebe Rhamy & Autumn Branson
It’s important to have a safe place everywhere you go, especially in high school. Everyone deserves to feel like they have a place to go. A good safe place is a trusted adult, someone like Mrs. Palmer. Finding a place where you feel comfortable and confident in who you are is vital to being successful.
Q: How long have you been a teacher here at MCHS?
Ms. Palmer: “I’ve been a teacher here for 15 years now.”
Q: What’s it like being a teacher?
“It’s stressful, anxious, fun. Being a teacher is a lot, but above all it’s rewarding. There’s a lot that comes with it, but I really do enjoy what I do.”
Q: Do you feel that your students impact you as much as you impact them?
“I hope so. They definitely impact me, and I hope they impact them. Watching these students, I have grown so much in the time I teach them. It’s impacted me a lot. I hope that I give them that same feeling.”
Q: If you still lived in France, what do you think you’d be doing and how was the transition from France to here?
“I have no idea what I would be doing. I had no clue when I left what I would be doing. I was about 25 when I left. It was a hard transition. The culture shock, schools are different, how people think is different. The way of life is very different. It was a big adjustment and my family’s far away, so that didn’t help.”
Q: Are you glad you decided to move here?
“Yeah, it’s given me a lot of opportunities and it’s taught me a lot.”
Q: If you could teach your students one thing, what would it be?
“Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Adventure is going to happen and you’re going to fail, but that doesn’t mean you give up. Try new things and don’t be afraid because you don’t know until you try. I think one of the biggest problems is people just stay somewhere because they’re comfortable, but trying new things can sometimes be the best thing that you do for yourself.”
MCHS appreciates you, Mrs. Palmer. Your acts of selflessness and charity don’t go unnoticed here. If anyone deserves a teacher spotlight, it’s you.