McCall Goughneour '13 is inspiring her students as a high school teacher.
Sitting in a community room at Nazareth College and Career Prep, McCall Goughneour pulled out her school badge to show off the leadership pin she was given for winning Teacher of the Month in December.
Students vote on the recipient, she said, which is why it means so much to her.
For Goughneour, student relationships are the most important aspect of her career. She learned how vital they can be when she was on the other side of the dynamic at Carlow University.
“[Carlow] had such great teachers,” said Goughneour, who graduated with degrees in English and Secondary Education in 2013. “I loved college.”
Goughneour, who was heavily involved with the English department, said her relationship with English professor Dr. Anne Rashid was particularly influential. She still talks with Rashid about teaching, and their interactions helped shape her education philosophy.
“She was warm and inviting and her classroom was like that, too,” Goughneour said. “It made me want to learn and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a teacher.”
Goughneour, who also has an master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Duquesne University and an MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage from Point Park University, currently teaches 10th grade cultural literacy at Nazareth. She also teaches an 11th grade creative writing elective and an 11th grade advisory.
Nazareth — an independent Catholic high school — focuses on not only preparing its students with work-study skills, but also “helping them bloom” as people.
“Being a teacher to me says relationships,” Goughneour said. “So, how do I find a passionate grip between me and a student? Well, you get to know them."
And because of the leadership skills she learned at Carlow, Goughneour has been able to do just that.