Meet Mrs. Talbert, a veteran teacher to TPS of nine years. Having more than twenty years of teaching experience both in public schools and homeschool co-ops, Mrs. Talbert teaches English 1: Journeys and Quests, English 2: Mysteries and Missions, and English 1 Grammar Supplement at The Potter’s School. After a short interview in GP7 with her, I had the opportunity to get to know her better.
Erika: So for the first question, what led you to teach at TPS?
Mrs. Talbert: I had a friend who was teaching at TPS at the time, and he encouraged me to apply since I was a caregiver for my parents. Teaching at TPS allowed me to do what I love while taking care of my parents at the same time. After praying about it, I applied for a position, and very soon, Mr. Gilbert wrote back telling me that TPS had an available role to teach English.
Erika: Why did you choose to teach?
Mrs. Talbert: Since I was a young child, I had a toy chalkboard and pretended to take roll for my nephews who were my pretend students. In sixth grade, when there was no substitute teacher in class, I would be the teacher. I found teaching fun and desired to teach children how to read.
Erika: Ah, I used to play pretend school too. I see in your teacher biography that you majored in English Teaching. Why did you choose this particular major?
Mrs. Talbert: I have always loved English, especially the history of words and literature. Before graduating with an English major, I was majoring in German and minoring in English. However, because I enjoyed English so much, I decided to switch my major to English and my minor to German.
Erika: As an English teacher, do you have a favorite word?
Mrs. Talbert: Yes, “faith.” In college, I had to pick a word and find out as much as I could about its history. Since this was before the internet, I had to dig through books and journals. I managed to trace this word all the way to the time of the Indo-European language. I was amazed at how this important word to Christianity revolves around history.
Erika: Indeed, this word has such true meaning to it. Moving on, what are some of your favorite books?
Mrs. Talbert: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
Erika: What is your favorite quote?
Mrs. Talbert: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” by C.S. Lewis.
Erika: What is your favorite type of tea?
Mrs. Talbert: PG Tips—it is an English blend.
Erika: Lovely, I need to try that one day. What is your favorite dessert?
Mrs. Talbert: Chocolate Ice Cream.
Erika: I see also from your teacher’s biography that you have a dog? What is its breed?
Mrs. Talbert: A collie.
Erika: Sweet! What do you do in church as a ministry?
Mrs. Talbert: Our church has a community center which I help out in. I also volunteer by feeding meals and tutoring the impoverished that live in the nearby trailer parks. In the summer, when school’s out, I help out in organizing various activities for them.
Erika: What are three words that describe you the most?
Mrs. Talbert: Not trying to brag, but I would describe myself as silly, positive, and empathetic.
Erika: What is one thing you find unique about where you live in Cookeville, Tennessee?
Mrs. Talbert: It would probably be the greenery in the area. There are so many tall trees that when I go someplace else, I tend to miss the green.
Erika: Do you have any memorable experiences while traveling?
Mrs. Talbert: I went to Haiti for a mission trip to help run a medical clinic, and this widened my eyes towards poverty. The people had no safety net other than the church.
Erika: What is your favorite Bible verse?
Mrs. Talbert: Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Erika: What encouragement would you give to everyone?
Mrs. Talbert: God is always faithful. I think that this is just something we have to hold on to.
Erika: Amen, and this brings us to the end of the interview. Thank you so much, Mrs. Talbert, for your willingness to be interviewed for clay. It has been a pleasure to get to know you better. I trust that we will continue to see you teaching at TPS in the years to come!