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Bethany Taylor

2015 Teaching Abroad

BETHANY’S STORY

Bethany Taylor is a compassionate teacher who is committed to helping others learn. And she hasn’t even graduated yet.

Working toward a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in mathematics, Bethany strives to succeed in the classroom, not only for herself but also for the benefit of her future students. She has earned a spot on the Dean’s List every semester of her academic career.

“I work hard in my classes so that I can have the most thorough understanding of the content I will teach to my students and also learn the skills to best teach them,” she said.

Even though she hasn’t wrapped up her bachelor’s program, Bethany pursued the option of participating in a graduate-level class.

“The graduate students, themselves practicing classroom teachers, continually commend her academic capacity and preparation to be a teacher,” said Angela Kreb, associate professor of mathematics education.

And she’s always willing to help her peers. Bethany enjoys facilitating discussions and supporting her classmates in learning the material.

“Bethany is a patient and caring tutor for her fellow students,” said Rheta Rubenstein, professor of mathematics education. “I have witnessed how she uses questions and diagrams and a very patient attitude to guide peers to clearer understanding of important concepts. She has an unassuming tone, so that others feel comfortable working with her.”

Outside the classroom, Bethany is involved in UM-Dearborn’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Soon after joining she was invited to become a small group leader, committing to planning and hosting weekly Bible studies and leader meetings. She also served on the executive leadership team as a coach and mentor for small group leaders.

Upon graduation, Bethany plans to pursue her dream—working with children. First, she plans to spend time teaching in Detroit or possibly Hamtramck. Someday, she hopes to take her skills overseas.

“Eventually I would love to return to Peru to teach," she said. "When I was there, I fell in love with the culture and the people.”