Meet Amirah Pughsley
Like all heroes, Kansas City teacher Amirah Pughsley navigated the terrain and overcame obstacles to become a teacher. From student athlete to Teacher of the Year, Amirah’s path has been both exciting and challenging.
Read on to find out how she did it. Plus, you'll get advice for how to navigate your own path to teaching—and the tools that will help along the way.
Special Education teacher, Frontier School of Innovation Middle in Frontier School District
“I sometimes found myself overloaded with what I needed to finish in order to apply for a teaching certificate and a job."
"Having access to professionals who understand the process of becoming a teacher would have been helpful as I began my journey.”
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Once a Helper, Always a Helper
Amirah’s love for helping people has been visible since sixth grade, when she volunteered in a second grade classroom at her former elementary school.
“In college, I began my journey as a student athlete, wanting to become a physical therapist. As my education progressed, my goal to help others inspired me to change my degree to education."
"I developed a strong desire to help children with the most ubiquitous needs of all, so I earned a bachelor’s degree in special education, K-12, moderate-intensive.”
Amirah recently earned Teacher of the Year for her school and her district. She is Vice President of Tiger Champions, Frontier Schools Parent-Teacher Committee, the Special Education Team Chairperson and a former College Readiness Leadership Mentor.
What’s next? This May she will earn a Master of Arts in PK-12 Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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- It would have been great to have an educator talk to me about what they do and coach me in the process.
- It would have helped to know about certification procedures and organizations that help with scholarships and mentorship.
U.S. Army Veteran
- A coach with access to resources around certification and the application process would have provided an easier transition.
Special Education teacher
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