El­iz­a­beth Prof­fitt

The Covington News - - Education - JOY BRATCHER Staff Writer

Eight grade phys­i­cal sci­ence teacher El­iz­a­beth Prof­fitt has taught for 19 years.

For her ed­u­ca­tion, Prof­fitt orig­i­nally started at Mercer Univer­sity and later trans­ferred to the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia where she re­ceived her mas­ters de­gree in sci­ence with a mi­nor in math.

How­ever, for Prof­fitt, it wasn’t un­til a col­lege ad­viser in­spired her to teach that she con­sid­ered ed­u­ca­tion. She said her ad­viser told her she would do well with her per­son­al­ity and abil­i­ties.

“It’s funny be­cause orig­i­nally I planned on ma­jor­ing in en­gi­neer­ing,” Prof­fitt said. “I have al­ways loved sci­ence and math even as a young child so I thought it would be the right path for me.”

Once be­gin­ning her classes for en­gi­neer­ing, Prof­fitt knew some­thing wasn’t right. It was then she de­cided to change her ma­jor to ed­u­ca­tion.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed work­ing with kids even as I was grow­ing up,” she said. “I even worked with dis­abled chil­dren through­out high school. I knew from an early age work­ing with chil­dren was go­ing to be an­other one of my pas­sions.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing UGA, Prof­fitt went on to teach at Por­terdale El­e­men­tary for five years; work­ing with fourth and fifth graders.

When In­dian Creek Mid­dle School opened in 1997, she trans­ferred and has worked with sixth and eight graders.

“I re­ally don’t have a fa­vorite grade I have taught,” Prof­fitt con­tin­ued. “I’m con­tent wher­ever I am.”

How­ever, Prof­fitt said she en­joyed work­ing with mid­dle school­ers be­cause of the age group.

“They are at a point in their lives where they aren’t set in their ways yet,” she said. “They can still be molded and aren’t afraid to ques­tion things. That’s what I love about my job.”

Prof­fitt said she is glad she made the decision to teach in­stead of fol­low­ing her orig­i­nal path.

“I wouldn’t trade this for any­thing in the world,” she con­tin­ued. “My fa­vorite part about teach­ing is build­ing re­la­tion­ships with my stu­dents — to get to know them more than just some­one in my class.

Prof­fitt’s stu­dents agree she isn’t just an or­di­nary teacher. She is a teacher who cares about each and ev­ery one of her stu­dents.

“She’s like a mom to me,” stu­dent Alex Ethridge said. “She’s there for me through what­ever I’m go­ing through to help me work through it. She com­ple­ments me when I’m do­ing a good job and helps me when I’ve lost my way.”

Mor­gan Ma­son said the rea­son why she loved Prof­fitt was be­cause she also helps her with her prob­lems. Kylie Bid­ders likes the way she dresses, and Nolan Cleary sim­ple loves the way she teaches.

Out­side of teach­ing, Prof­fitt en­joys spend­ing time with her hus­band Greg and their two chil­dren.

“My son plays base­ball, and my daugh­ter plays soft­ball,” she said. “They de­fi­antly keep us on our toes go­ing around with them.”

She is also in­volved with First Bap­tist Church and likes to read and play ten­nis.

Prof­fitt said the rea­son why she loves sci­ence so much is be­cause it’s some­thing that af­fects the world ev­ery­day, and said if she wasn’t a teacher she would still work in the field of sci­ence.

“I al­ways ad­vise my stu­dents to never stop ques­tion­ing things in life,” Prof­fitt said, “It’s the best ad­vice I can give them as I walk them through sci­ence and it’s some­thing that ap­plies for their fu­ture as well. I also tell them to never sweat the small stuff. That’s the best ad­vice any­one’s ever given me.”

Joy Bratcher /The Cov­ing­ton News

El­iz­a­beth Prof­fitt helps her eight grade phys­i­cal sci­ence class learn new con­cepts.

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