Creating Relationships With Your Teachers


By Una Wells, Reporter

Coming to school every day isn’t exactly fun for a lot of people. Having to get up that early and spending eight hours of your day in some classroom listening to someone talk for almost two hours at a time is really challenging. But for some people, their time here at school can be made much better by simply having a teacher that they really enjoy.

 We all know that teachers are important and that they are crucial for our education, but some people think that having a teacher that they can really trust and be open with during their time at high school helps them a lot.

I recently posted a public statement asking if there was any teacher that you (the students) felt you could talk to about if you were having a bad day or you had something personal you wanted to talk about. There were a lot of different responses but the majority of them were all positive and there were also several teachers named (Mr.Poe, Mrs.Petty, Mr. Wills, etc).

I asked Greenwood teacher Mr. Poe if he feels as if he thinks that students come to him if they need help with anything personal and he feels he “keeps an open door policy.”

“I was at Warren East for 12 years and students did come to me a lot looking for guidance” also making a point that he hasn’t been here at Greenwood for that long.

Digital Literacy teacher Mrs. Petty noted, “When they do come to me, I feel like I’m doing my job the way I’m supposed to.”

When asking students how they felt about this subject the response was around the same for most of them, “Yes, it’s important for every student to have a teacher they think they can talk to.” And for the students who didn’t have a teacher they felt they could trust and talk to had the feeling of not having “a non-family adult I can trust, and that worries me.” 

Students need teachers to look up to and a teacher they can be open with. Having a parental figure they can look up to outside of the household is very important. Some students aren’t in a position at home where they either can’t talk to their family or don’t feel safe talking to their family. Make sure you’re creating relationships with your students because it could mean more to them than you know.