Ms. Penny M. Decker

Phone: 276-629-1731


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Broadcast JournalismBachelor of Arts in EnglishCertified in Secondary English, Public Speaking, Journalism

Ms. Penny M. Decker

     I have been teaching English at Bassett High School for 14 years, teaching just about every grade level.  I graduated from Fieldale Collinsville, and I never thought I could become a Bassett Bengal easily, but I did and can't imagine being anywhere else.   I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and Averett University with a B.A. in English.  Before teaching, I worked in advertising for one of our local textile companies.  I have two daughters, Christina and Elizabeth, who both graduated from Bassett and are now using skills they started learning in high school in their careers.  When I'm not teaching, I enjoy camping, going to the beach, getting together with family, and directing the choir at my church.  One of my newer hobbies is finding treasures at Goodwill and seeing what I can do with them. 

      My favorite part of teaching is getting to be a small part in students' lives and hopefully instilling a love for reading and writing in them, or at least, helping them to tolerate it a little more.  Teenagers are such a creative group, and getting them to tap into that to become stronger young adults is a privilige of which to be a part.  Their spontaneity is contagious and makes the classroom anything but dull.  I don't have to wait long to find out if something is working or not; they will quickly let me know, which keeps me from becoming too comfortable with what I do.  One of my favorite quotes is "The best part of teaching is that it matters.  The hardest part of teaching is knowing that every moment matters, every day."