Welcome to Tracey Hampson’s 7th grade language arts class, where kids get to go on all kinds of adventures.
“Language Arts kind of always spoke to me because I like the journeys you can go on in novels with students,” Hampson says.
Mrs. Hampson’s love of Language Arts started with a former teacher’s love for her.
“I had a teacher who took me under her wing. I came from a broken home, my parents were divorced. My mom struggled. I had one teacher who sought me out and encouraged me when I needed the encouragement.”
The impact from that teacher-student bond has shaped Mrs. Hampson’s daily approach to her job.
“My focus and my goal is to connect with my students and build a relationship. I feel like if I build a relationship with them and let them know that I care about them and their education, they will do anything for me.”
She brings her lessons to life, like the current novel they’re reading, “Liddy”.
“It’s a story about a girl that works in a mill. I try to tie in things in our local environment, such as the mills in Augusta,” she says.” “We take a field trip down there and they see the connection. They speak to family members who worked in mills and it brings the book to life.”
Congratulations Tracey Hampson–raising 3 children of her own and being an extra parent to her great students at Greenbrier Middle.
“I’ve always said to myself that I’m going to be a teacher and a mom. A lot of the kids call me m and m, their middle school mom. I have children who are their age. You need to extend grace when it’s needed and give them encouragement when they’re having a rough day.”