Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Abigail Bush
Congratulations to Ms. Abigail Bush of Jemison High School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!Ms. Bush decided to become an English teacher during her senior year at the University of Michigan. She says she made the change after some tutoring opportunities from classes and summer jobs made her realize how much she loved helping students. After she graduated, Ms. Bush went straight into a master’s program to get her teaching degree and certification. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and exploring Huntsville. She also helped create a tennis team at Jemison, which she coaches, so she could share her love of the sport with students and give them another avenue to make lasting memories at the school.
“Ms. Bush is a great teacher,” says ninth grade student Tekira Jefferson, “she makes the classroom fun.” Tekira goes on to say that it’s hard to doubt yourself in her class, because she is always encouraging and pushing students to realize their capabilities. Ms. Bush says, “My biggest focus with teaching is creating a positive environment.” She focuses a lot of energy on building positive relationships with students and lifting them up by focusing on their strengths. She says she wants her students to gain confidence in themselves, their strength, and the unique qualities that they bring to the world.
“She’s amazing,” adds Jose Gazga, “to be honest I think she’s like my favorite teacher in school because she’s always there.” The students at Jemison High are fortunate to have someone like Ms. Bush to develop their self-confidence through encouragement and support.