Beth Duncan

Beth Duncan

Where are you now?

Houston Middle School, Houston, MS

Why did you choose English education and why are you passionate about teaching?

I loved reading and I love to travel when I can. I also really enjoyed mentoring and volunteering at schools. My high school teachers made me love learning and being in class everyday, no matter what subject it was was for. I want to be able to do that for other kids because I know English isn’t necessarily everyone’s favorite subject. English is a skill you’ll use for the rest of your life, no matter what your job is. If you can make learning fun, it will stick with the students better. Students are more than just their test scores, and I intend to show them that. I really like the idea of getting to know a lot of different people. We all come from different backgrounds which is what makes us unique. I think this individualism is also reflected in how we learn, so I want to recognize that within my future students.

What made you choose MSU?

I originally was most excited for the fact that this school is in the South where there isn’t any snow, but when I actually arrived on campus, I fell in love with how friendly everyone was and the family atmosphere that surrounded the campus.

What activities and organizations were you involved in?  

I was the secretary for Phi Sigma Pi, Vice President of Mickey's Movie Club, Toastmasters, and the Vice President of Ruby Hall's CORE.

What do you want people to know about you?

I come from a family of four and have one younger sister. I have two cats and one dog. I love to read, bake, golf, and dance.