Get to know Mrs. Danver

Alayna Lansberry

Mrs. Danver teaches the 9th grade students in English and Literary Seminar. She coaches the girls volleyball team and is very educated in her field. She had two kids and still continues to be a teacher who values education and wants to see her students strive. Here is some information you probably didn’t know about Mrs. Danver.

Q: What classes do you teach?

Mrs. Danver: “I teach Literary Seminar I and English I – both are 9th grade classes.”

Q: What’s your favorite part about teaching in general?

Mrs. Danver: “I like that teaching allows me to be creative and share important information with students. Also, I work with a lot of great kids and people who bring light to my life—I really value that.”

Q: Why do you like teaching English specifically?

Mrs. Danver: “I like teaching English because I always liked English. Like many can relate, it wasn’t something that always ‘came easily’ to me, but it was a class I always enjoyed.”

Q: What are your goals for your students?

Mrs. Danver: “My main goal for my students is to learn and grow.”

Q: Where did you go to college?

Mrs. Danver: “I went to Clarion University, and now I am working on my Master’s Degree through California University.”

Q: Was English your best subject in school?

Mrs. Danver: “English was one of my better subjects. I’m not sure if it was my ‘best’ though—I’d say gym class was.”

Q: What do you look forward to most each school year?

Mrs. Danver: “I look forward to the fresh start each new school year brings. I look forward to old faces and new faces, too.”

Q: What advice do you want students to know?

Mrs. Danver: “High school is about effort. Show effort; effort includes showing up, being engaged, doing the work, getting involved. If you show effort, you will do OK.”

Q: What impact on students lives do you want?

Mrs. Danver: “In high school, I had a lot of great female teachers—a few I idolized and wanted to be like. Coincidentally, many of those were my English teachers. I thought they were smart, motivated, cool, outspoken, risk-takers, and strong. They pushed me personally to do and be better, and they showed me what strong women looked like. I would like to leave the same impact on my students.”

Q: What was the most important thing you took away from high school and applied to college and to life?

Mrs. Danver:  “I learned a valuable lesson in high school—one that I’ve carried with me my entire life. One time in 9th grade, my best friend and I slacked off in Mr. Kovalcin’s algebra class; we didn’t do much homework, we rarely payed attention, and we failed a few tests. The result: I got a 68 in algebra on my 1st quarter report card. My first ever failing grade—really grade lower than an A—on my report card. Shocked, disappointed, and nervous were some of the emotions I felt when I got my report card. I was TERRIFIED to take my report card to my mom, as I knew a major grounding and fit would take place when I went home. So, what did I learn? I learned that you get what you give—I gave little effort, and I earned little from it. I didn’t try in my class, so I earned an F (my first ever F). I cheated myself out of high honor roll, I lost out on the content Mr. Kovalcin was teaching, and—more importantly—I let myself down. I never wanted to feel that way again. Throughout the rest of high school and through college and now in adulthood, I truly believe that the more you give, the more you get.”

Q: What one thing would you like students to know about you as a teacher?

Mrs. Danver: “I’m not ‘mean’—I think that’s what some say about me? Haha! I expect a lot out of my students because that’s what I expect from myself. I believe you have to work outside of your comfort zone and be pushed in order to get better and grow. Like I said, that’s my goal as a teacher.”