Michelle Brown is one of the Veterinary Assisting Academy teachers at South Tech Academy, whose goal is to teach her academy students the fundamentals of working in the animal field as a Veterinary Assistant. Her career did not begin as a teacher, but as a veterinary technician. She loved working with animals and taking care of them, but there was a point in her life when she wanted to try something new and challenging. “Teaching interested me and I wanted to challenge myself with something new,” said Mrs. Brown. She has been working as a teacher for the past six years and has had some difficult situations in her life. “Getting through my first two years of teaching was challenging because of classroom discipline, grades, and it was a new environment for me. As a veterinary technician, I was in charge of myself, now as a teacher I am in charge of a whole group of students,” explained Mrs. Brown. Her first set of students were not easy to cope with. She would constantly remind them that they had to behave and they tried to make her life a living hell by acting as if she were another teacher that would end up quitting on them. Her dedication and determination to help the Veterinary Assisting Academy and its students’ growth is very admirable. Mrs. Brown has shown that when a person really wants something, do not give up until that goal is reached. She is one of the few teachers I have had in my high school years that gets me motivated to keep going and pursue my dream.
by Maria Duque
Veterinary Academy Student