Teaching middle school is not for the faint of heart. Even among devoted educators, the “tween” age group invites hyperbole. They have been described as a hurricane of hormones, the Bermuda Triangle of education. According to Diane Ross, a veteran of 17 years teaching middle school and 13 more leading education courses in Ohio, “If you are the warm, nurturing, motherly, grandmotherly type, you are made for early childhood education. If you love math or science or English, then you are the high school type. If you love bungee jumping, then you are the middle school type.”
Despite the negative hype, Calloway County Middle School teachers Christi Walker and Ashley Underhill are eloquent in their praise of students. With a total of 31 years at CCMS under their belts, they are true professionals who have chosen to devote their careers to teaching middle school, and they navigate the ups and downs of adolescent behavior with wisdom, grace and good humor.