A Day in the Life of a Teacher

Ever wonder about the lives of your teachers? Here’s a behind the scenes look at the daily life of a Woodgrove math teacher. It all starts with a 5 a.m. wake up and eight cups of coffee. 

Mr. Sean Welsh, our subject, attended Virginia Tech to study political science, striving to one day become the president of the United States of America. He quickly realized that he was not passionate about that area of study, so he decided to dedicate his time to teaching math. When asked what he does to keep his class engaged, Mr. Welsh described his famous daydreaming wall of fame. Whenever a student is caught with their head in the clouds, the student reveals the subject of the daydream to the class and, if it is interesting enough, it gets added to the wall of fame. “It’s a good way to make the class fun and it drags everyone back on task,” Mr. Welsh explains. 

Pictured above is Mr. Welsh’s iconic Daydreaming Wall of Fame! (Photo provided by Ava Welsh).

His mornings start at 5a.m., as he feels it’s the only peaceful time he gets to relax throughout his busy day. He teaches four blocks of Algebra II, split evenly between his A and B days. When asked how he manages to balance his career and personal life, Mr. Welsh explained: “The job actually gives me energy, so when I get home I have energy to do things with my family.” 

Mr. Welsh is working hard teaching his seventh block algebra II class. (Photo provided by Ava Welsh).

Math is a tricky subject for many students, so Mr. Welsh has a word of advice for those who strive to achieve great things in their math class: “Grit is important in math.” Teachers around the world diligently and faithfully work to educate and inspire generations of the future, and the educators here at Woodgrove High School are no exception.