Meet a New Teacher

Madison Newman, Teaching Fellow

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Creative, personable, fun-loving.

Q: What inspired you to teach?

A: I believe that outside the home, the classroom is the most influential environment for a child's development. Because I am in school to be a school counselor, I wanted to learn firsthand what the students are doing day in and day out to better help them as a school counselor.

Q: Why Trinity?

A: Trinity is so unique in that this school is focused on the whole child's development. The focus on academics and social-emotional learning are essential to me, and Trinity's model for this form of teaching is special.

Q: What are you most looking forward to for the next school year?

A: I am most looking forward to meeting the students in my classroom face to face. Last year showed many of us just how important in-person connection is for learning.

Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge young children face today?

A: I believe stress and anxiety in performing is a huge challenge in children today. This can be the case for students in school because of the constant comparison and pressure they can feel to be "the best."

Q: How do you motivate your students?

A: I try and get to know them as individuals first. Each student is entirely different in not only how they learn but also in what motivates them. Children want to know that their teachers are not only supporting them educationally but that they are also invested in them as a whole.

Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?

A: I love to read (any kind of book) and bake sourdough bread. I also love to be outside and spend time with my family.

Q: What would be the soundtrack to your classroom?

A: Anything Kacey Musgraves right now.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg. It's a memoir about his life in rural Alabama.

Q: What is the last movie or TV show you watched?

A: Alone which is a survival TV show.

Q: What is your favorite Austin landmark?

A: The Tower at UT.