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."