Teacher Spotlight: Sydney Prom

Teaching 9th and 10th grade English is no easy task. Just ask Sydney Prom, the newest teacher in our English department who started this last fall. “I had her first semester for English,” said freshman Kristin Knope. “She made class interesting with off-topic stories but we still got things done in the process. She was a fun teacher and did great for her first year teaching.”

Others have said she can teach and talk to her students in ways that other teachers can’t. “It’s more like she’s having a conversation with us, while still getting her point through,” said freshman Reanna Mullenberg who has had Prom as a teacher for two semesters. Her teaching style allows students to relate to her in a unique way. I decided to ask her a few questions to find out more about West Salem High School’s newest English teacher. 


Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: My favorite color is green.


Q: Do you have any pets?

A: I don’t have any pets, but growing up I had a dog named Myah.


Q: Is there someone who inspired you to start teaching? Do you have a mentor?

A: I was inspired by my high school English teacher, Mrs. Cibik. Mrs.

Deal is my current mentor at West Salem High School.


Q: Were you in any clubs in high school?

A: I was a part of Best Buddies, and I played sports, basketball and volleyball.


Q: Being a new teacher, do you think you have an advantage or disadvantage over teachers who have been here longer? Why?

A: I think being a new teacher, one advantage I have is I find it easy to

relate to my students and keep up with the pop culture. However, one

disadvantage is I’m still trying to figure out what method of teaching

will help my students learn the best.


Q: Why did you decide to teach? Have you always wanted to or is it a fairly new development?

A: I decided to teach while I was in my freshman year of college. I took

a few courses that were focused on education and absolutely loved

them. I liked the idea that I could potentially make some small

positive impact on a student.


Q: How do you get through your tough days? What makes you stay?

A: On the tough days, I try my best to find something positive to focus

on, rather than the negative. It’s so much easier to focus on the

negatives, but when you think about the positive things that happened,

it turns from a tough day to a good day. What makes me stay is the

students. Like I said, even now the tough days, there’s always at

least one thing that a student has said, done, or accomplished that

makes me love my job.


Q: What’s your impression of WSHS so far?

A: My impression of WSHS so far is the strong sense of community. Most

students have gone through eight or nine years together and know each

other well. Because of this, the families in the district seem to have

such a strong bond and sense of camaraderie that promotes a fun

environment to teach in.


Q: What do you think of some of our treasured traditions? Do they remind you of your own HS experience?

A: I think the traditions at WSHS, like the Senior Sing Out, Homecoming

week, or Yearbook Dedication show just how proud and supportive the

community is to be apart of the work done at the schools. The

traditions remind me of my high school experience, specifically

Homecoming week. However, there are traditions unique to WSHS that I

think give students a voice and allows them to show their excitement

at being from West Salem.


Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

A: My favorite thing about teaching is every day being different. I never

have the same class twice and each and every student brings something

different to the classes that make it a fun and interesting experience

for everyone. I also have liked seeing my students grow and mature as

the year progressed. I predominantly teach the ninth graders, and when

I think back to where they were at the start of the year to now, I can

honestly say that each and every one of them has grown. It’s been

awesome to witness the growth that all of my students have gone

through this past year.