By Saahil Katyal ’16
Whitney Andrews changes the slide on the projector and immediately all the students are just trying to copy what is written on the slide. This is how I acted at the beginning of Mrs. Andrews’ 7th grade geography class last year. All I cared about was memorizing what was written in my notes. I did not even care about what I was actually learning.
This changed by the second quarter. I began to listen to what she was saying when she explained each bullet point. She kept telling us that we should listen to what she was saying and not just worry about what was written on the board. I continued to get better at this throughout the year. I loved how Mrs. Andrews taught me information about the subject that would not be on the test, but was just plain interesting.
Mrs. Andrews always knew she would be a teacher. In school, she was a tutor and peer mentor and always loved history. Before she became a teacher at Randolph, she went to Osaka, Japan. She saw many World Heritage Sites, many of which she taught us about in class. “It was by far the best traveling experience of my life and it truly opened my eyes in different ways than learning about it in the classroom and seeing pictures,” she says. The fact that she has first-hand experience made it more interesting for students. Through her class, I have come to enjoy learning about the world more than ever. Her class was always exciting and interesting and always left me wanting to learn more.
This profile, which also appears in the Spring 2012 Randolph Magazine, is one in a series written by the 8th graders in Nichole Liese’s journalism elective, the class that produces the Middle School paper, The Raid. Students profiled a teacher who has had an impact on them in and/or out of the classroom. You can follow The Raid on Twitter @RandolphMSRaid.