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New Curry Elementary Teacher Shares Thoughts on First Year of Teaching

Post Date:09/26/2019 5:51 PM

Teacher holds up card for students to read they are sitting in a circular tableStepping into Payton Hiscok’s classroom, it’s clear to see that she's a natural at teaching. Her third-grade class at Curry Elementary remains engaged with her as she leads them through another lesson. Some might be surprised to learn that she is actually a first year teacher! But even in just the first couple months of school, Hiscok has learned a lot and received a lot of support from her school. We interviewed Hiscok recently to learn more about what lessons she has learned in her first year of teaching. 

  1. How is your first year teaching at Curry going so far? Any lessons you've learned that you'd like to share?

    “I am off to a great start here at Curry! My goal is always to stay positive and focus on the best qualities of each one of my students. I am always reminding myself that my students are only eight years old and need as much love and patience as I can give them. I also realize that as a first year teacher, I still have so much to learn, so I am trying to soak in as much information as I can from anyone who will share it with me."

  2. When and where did you graduate from college? Why did you choose Tempe Elementary to continue your teaching career?

    “I just graduated from Arizona State University this past Spring. I completed my student teaching at Curry in a fourth grade classroom with the amazing Mrs. Maty (Lindsey Matykiewicz). I was super excited to be offered a position back at Curry because it already had become my home. I am proud to be a Cougar!”

  3. How many students do you have? What main goals do you hope to accomplish with your class this year?

    “I have 27 kiddos in my class and together we are Miss Hiscok's Heroes! I know that reading, writing and math are important but my main goal this year is to raise respectful, responsible and kind individuals. We have talked a lot about what it means to be a hero and we are constantly striving to be heroes in the lives of the people around us.”

  4. Have you received any positive support from TD3 staff this year?

    “Curry has been super supportive and welcoming from day one of setting up my classroom. My teammates Alicia Thompson and Kelsey Furey have helped me tremendously with everything from arranging furniture to lesson planning to packets. I am also incredibly grateful to have the support of my old fourth grade team. Megan Galasieski, Gina Lazzareschi, and Lindsey Matykiewicz are always checking in to make sure I am doing well and juggling all my responsibilities. It is wonderful to know that I have so many people around who care about my well-being and my success as a first year teacher.”

  5. As of now, do you hope to continue next year at Curry Elementary?

    “I plan on continuing at Curry for many years to come!” 

Thank you, Payton, for choosing Tempe Elementary School District to launch your teaching career! We appreciate your commitment and care to our students.

Are you a first year teacher as well? Please reach out to us at to share your thoughts on your first year of teaching!

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