OSAGE | New school years also mean new faces.
One of the newest additions to the Osage Community School District is 23-year-old, middle school special education teacher, Miss Ashlyn Hubbard.
Hubbard graduated from Mason City High School and attended college at William Penn University. She is now a special education teacher at Osage Middle school. Hubbard graduated with a Major in Secondary Education with an Endorsement in English. Hubbard also played four years of soccer at William Penn University.
“I am very excited to meet everyone and ready to go, but still a little nervous,” Hubbard said. “I’m most nervous about getting my feet wet and being able to jump right into things. There is so much more to learn. Whenever I get in a stressful situation, I give myself a pep talk, read quotes that get sent to my email every day and keep myself organized.”
This is her first teaching job out of college. During high school, Hubbard knew she wanted to be a teacher. In college she decided she wanted to add special education. Hubbard prepared for the school year with Mrs. Whitney Clark, middle school special education teacher.
“I came here from the first week of summer to observe and talk with Mrs.Clark constantly,” Hubbard said.
Hubbard’s goals for the school year are to learn more about teaching special education and getting involved in as many things she can before the end of the school year.
Hubbard also plans on taking the first few days of school to build a bond with her new students.
“My teaching style differs from others because I go with the flow and try to make kids’ days better when they come to class. When they come to my class upset, it important for me to make them feel better before we start learning,” Hubbard said. “The kids make me passionate about teaching. With kids, that makes all the difference.”