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Pupil has teaching aspirations

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007

After observing her teachers, one local fifth-grader has decided that teaching is the profession she wants to enter.

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"I really like to go down to different classes and learn about what they are doing," said Beesan Sarsour, who until this month was a reporter for The Daily Dog, the River Ridge Elementary newspaper. "I also like to see how the teachers teach their kids differently because someday I'm going to be a teacher. I just like to experiment and observe how teachers are with their students."

At 11, Beesan, the daughter of Maysoon and Khalid Sarsour, of Evans, says her teachers have served as her inspiration.

"My teachers that I've had have inspired me to do that," she said of teaching.

Beesan has decided that she wants to start out teaching elementary-age pupils, move to middle school and later teach in a high school setting. She hopes to end up as a college counselor.

"Beesan demonstrates an infectious enthusiasm for learning that energizes her peers and teachers alike," said Angie McQuaig, a fifth-grade teacher at River Ridge.

In addition to having worked with the school newspaper, which she stopped in order to devote more time to achieving her Accelerated Reader goal, Beesan serves as an anchor for the school's morning news show, RRE Live.

She also is in Horizons, Columbia County's elementary gifted program, which requires her to go to Westmont Elementary School once a week. There she takes a drama class and one in which she learns about wetlands.

Just as Horizons expands her learning, so does reading.

"I love to read," she said. Kate DiCamillo is her favorite author.

Aside from reading, Beesan said her favorite pastime is spending time with her mom, dad and sisters, ages 1, 5, 7 and 9.

"I'm very close with all of them," she said. "I like going out on family vacations and spending time with my family. We just have fun and make each other laugh."



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