Introduction: Amber Teachnor

I’m Amber Teachnor, a senior studying Music, English, and Education major (one major just wasn’t enough pain). People really interest me. The way someone processes a piece of information and acts upon it entirely differently from another person, based upon their own life experiences, motivations, preferences and personality — this fascinates me. I love learning about tendencies in thought and the way we relate to the world and each other and internalize it with our own understandings of reality. I spent 12 months in England while studying music and psychology, living in a house of university students as the only American. Becoming involved in their great circle of friends was such an enlightening, fun time and an incredible learning experience in another perspective of the world. It completely changed how I perceive, think, and react to almost everything in life.

I love exploring the way kids think, and I know without a doubt I want to teach. I’ve been involved with leading in children and youth ministries for several years, and apart from getting the awesome privilege of teaching about the values and lifestyle and amazing message of Christ’s love to kids, my favorite aspect of the jobs has always been getting to witness the diverse levels and styles of mental processing and development among the kids, appreciating their funny tendencies, reasoning and logic, and building relationships with them, becoming part of one of the factors shaping and (hopefully positively) influencing their lives.

Somewhat along these lines, I hope to expand my knowledge of this period of great literature and gain an understanding of the backgrounds, motives and messages of the authors’ writings. Likewise, I look forward to learning more and gaining a fuller appreciation for the content and becoming more adept at extracting understanding from a text loaded with symbols and meaning and contexts.

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  1. Your interest in the way people process the same information differently, and through various modalities, should fit very well with the literature we’ll be reading this semester. Much of it takes a psychological turn and provides different perspectives on the same phenomena through the minds of different characters. Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse will probably be especially interesting to you on that score. I studied in England for a year as an undergrad, too, and know exactly what you mean about the fundamental way in which it changed your thinking. Welcome to the class!

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