American Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Ms. Aynn Ford

Congratulations to Ms. Aynn Ford

Congratulations Mrs. Aynn Ford. October Teacher of the Month.

1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AT ALA, AND WHAT DO YOU TEACH?
I have only been teaching at ALA for about 2 months. I am currently teaching what I LOVE!!! – ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY.
2. WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE?
I am currently attending college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. What has been unique is that I have been studying strictly “online”. This has been beneficial for me as we have moved to supporting students online during Covid.
3. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
My hobbies include art, photography, traveling, hiking, and backpacking. Some of my favorite backpacking trips include Coyote Gulch Utah, and the Appalachian trail.
4. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
My family is spread out all over the world including several states in America, Australia, and England. My immediate family consists of myself and my three children, Jessica (19), Alyssa (16) and Matthew (12). I am originally from a small town in CA called Sierra Madre. My mother moved to Utah about eight years ago. My two daughters are extremely musical, both have been singing in choir since they were about five years old. My oldest daughter plays the piano and my middle daughter plays the guitar. My son is ALL BOY and loves to play outside with friends. Like me it is his FIRST YEAR of Jr. High School as well (to be fair it is my second go round -first year as a teacher). Together we enjoy BBQ, road trips/drives, taking vacations, playing games, going out to dinner, watching movies, going to plays, and music.
5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ALA?
ALA has been a real surprise for me. I wasn’t planning on looking for a teaching job for about a year to two years. However, when I heard about the position I felt I needed to pursue the opportunity. I have not been disappointed in my decision at all! From the interview process to accepting the position I have been extremely pleased with the faculty, administration and culture. There is a strong sense of unity which makes working here a joy. I have met some amazing co-workers and look forward to getting to know everyone. There has been a MASSIVE learning curve for me, from learning several different computer programs, classroom management, setting up a classroom, grading, curriculum, lesson plans, to the actual teaching (during COVID I might add). Being an artist and teaching art are completely different monsters. I have found and accepted that this year I will be the student, and I am learning SO MUCH! I am grateful for the warm welcome and strong support I have received. The children are filling voids in my heart that I didn’t know existed. LET’S BE TEACHERS!

Thank you Ms. Ford for all your hard work and dedication.–