Ms. Alyssa Weidlich is the new English teacher subbing in for Mrs. Alyssa Cunningham, who is on maternity leave. The BluePrint asked her some questions so we could get to know who she is and how she likes teaching at Bellwood-Antis High School so far.
BLUEPRINT: Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college? What are your degrees in?
Ms. Weidlich: High School- Altoona Area High School
College- Penn State Main Campus
Degrees- Secondary Education
BLUEPRINT: What is your favorite part about teaching English?
Ms. Weidlich: My favorite part about teaching English is watching my students grow as both readers and writers. I also love when I witness my students fall in love with a certain novel or story that I am teaching them.
BLUEPRINT: What was your first impression of Bellwood-Antis High School?
Ms. Weidlich: The strong sense of community within the Bellwood-Antis High School immediately caught my eye on my first day of teaching. The students and teachers all view themselves as family, which creates an extremely comfortable environment for everyone.
BLUEPRINT: If you could give some wisdom to your students, what would it be?
Ms. Weidlich: My words of wisdom to my students would be to go to every class and always pay attention. Also, prioritize sleep and ask for help when you need it!
BLUEPRINT: What did you do before you became a teacher at Bellwood?
Ms. Weidlich: Before I became a teacher here, I was a student at Penn State University completing many Education and English courses. I completed my student teaching in 7th Grade English class at Altoona Junior High this past spring. I was also an active member of several theatre productions with the Altoona Community Theatre and other local theatre companies.
BLUEPRINT: And lastly, what is your goal for the students this school year?
Ms. Weidlich: My goal is for them to become more proficient and confident with their reading and writing skills through the duration of this school year, and to cultivate an appreciation for literature.