Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Angela Traylor
Congratulations to Ms. Angela Traylor of the Academy for Science & Foreign Language, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!Ms. Traylor originally studied biology and physical therapy in college. When she realized that there were young minds that needed guidance, however, she decided to become a teacher, instead. She earned a degree in both biology and physical education, and she is currently a science resource teacher who supervises the Traveling Chemistry Troupe, Future City Team, Project Lead the Way, and BEST Robotics Team at ASFL. She is married and has three sons, as well as four grandchildren. When she isn’t teaching or supporting students at various activities, as she does on many weekends, she enjoys going hunting with her family.
“Ms. Traylor is an amazing teacher,” says ASFL student David Martinez, “she’s really a friend to us.” Ms. Jeanne Greer, the principal at ASFL, remarks that “she establishes relationships with our middle school students as they come in as sixth graders, and then builds those relationships throughout middle school.” According to Ms. Traylor, it’s all about making the kids experience those moments of success. She says, “if I can push a student while also giving them praise, I can really see them grow as they work through the program.” Students in her classes are almost always engaged in something, whether working with a chemistry experiment or tinkering with their latest robotics gadget.
In the end, Ms. Traylor says her biggest goal is to help students gain the confidence to go out and fulfill their dreams – and maybe even inspire them to have dreams that they didn’t know were possible. It’s apparent that she is accomplishing that goal every day at the Academy for Science & Foreign Language.