Adopt-A-School

I am part of a club called Adopt-A-School. As a member of this club, I get paired with a teacher at one of the local schools in the Columbus area. I was placed at Graham Elementary and Middle School in a fifth grade science class. I help tutor and mentor these students every Tuesday for an hour at a time. I joined this club because I wanted to spend as much time in classrooms as I could. There is one specific Tuesday that really stands out to me. I went into the classroom and was asked to take four students into the hallway to help them work on their assignment about the solar system. I was not sure what to expect because I don’t know the students very well. At the beginning of the period I was nervous because I have never been in charge of students and their learning by myself. The students were not the most eager to learn and I struggled keeping them on task. However, about halfway through the period I told myself that I am in charge of these students and how much they will learn while I am there. I ended up connecting with the students and figuring out what they liked most about the solar system and got each of them to work hard and finish a lot of what they were assigned. By the end of the period, the students were excited about what they learned and wanted to tell me everything. This experience made me much more confident and excited for my future in the classroom. I now know that I can really affect students and help them discover new things, along with a greater love for learning.

About Me

Hello! My name is Peyton Morgan and I am from Minerva, Ohio. I am a second year student at the Ohio State University pursuing a degree in STEM Education with a specialization in Mathematics. I am passionate about helping others as much as I can, especially in the area of education.

I am a member of the STEM Exploration and Engagement Scholars Program. I joined this program with the goal of learning about different STEM fields and how math is used in them. I hope learning this will allow me to better help my future students and answer the questions, “why am I learning this” and “how is this used in the real world”. During my freshman year, I joined the Leadership Council as the Mentor Group Activities Coordinator. My job is to make the program feel like a community and get students of all years working together! I am also a Teaching Assistant for the program and help in our seminar class. I love being able to interact with the first year students and help them get used to campus and college life!

I am currently a member of Kappa Phi Kappa, the professional education fraternity on campus. This organization has allowed me to meet other education majors, learn about and participate in community service, talk to HR directors, and participate in many other professional development events. I plan on running for a position in the fraternity for next year. I am also involved in CHAARG, a student organization that promotes fitness, specifically for females. I would like to become a Small Group Coordinator and have my own group of girls that I get to help create goals and teach workouts to next year! I am also a peer mentor this year in the College of Education and Human Ecology. I get to be in a classroom with freshman students and help them get used to being on campus.

I am currently a tutor at the Math and Stats Learning Center on campus and I tutor Calc 1. I enjoy this job and working with students in this class. I hope that this will help prepare me to be a teacher in the future. Also, I would like to apply to be a Teaching Assistant for a math class next year and thought that this job would help prepare me for that.

My long-term goal is to be a math teacher who can help my students excel not only in math, but in other areas of life as well. I believe that my combined experiences during my time at the Ohio State University will help prepare me to be the best that I can be. I hope to be a good leader who can help students prepare for life after high school.