Ty Gentry is a student teacher for English teacher Sherri Farhat.
“Ty Gentry is my student teacher this year from Harding University and right now he is teaching a novel called ‘Unwind’,” said Mrs. Farhat.
Gentry is not a regular student who left high school to go right to college.
“I do go to Harding,” Gentry said. ”I am not your typical student being almost thirty— I just turned 29. Before this, I worked in the oil field which is what I did for almost five years.”
Gentry is married to a teacher at from Ahlf Junior High School, and many students had her as a teacher as well.
Gentry said he has discovered teaching is hard, not only in the classroom but also finishing up his degree.
“I have Mrs. Farhat… and then I have Harding, and both of them want all of my time,” Gentry said. “It’s a passion. You have to love to read and you have to love English, but you also have to like kids.”
“It’s a love/hate relationship with the bus,” Gentry said. “Getting up and being on the road by six o clock every morning because I’m out there in Georgia Ridge country, which is a pretty good drive in a bus.”
Driving a bus and student teaching seems like a lot for this Harding student. After seeing how much work the teachers do, Gentry has decided not to drive a bus his first year of teaching.
Farhat said Gentry is doing very well in his practice teaching.
“He’s doing a very good job with it,” Farhat said. “I’m thrilled to have him because it gives me a new perspective in my classroom, and it gives me new ideas when I have new teachers coming right out of college. I think he has done a great job trying to get to know the students, and they have adapted well.”
Gentry hopes to get a job teaching after he graduates, and preferably in Searcy. He enjoys teaching and he wants to teach kids things along the way.