Hometown: Rome, Georgia
Major: Middle Grades Education
Class of 2012
Why I Chose Armstrong: I fell in love with the campus. Everyone was so nice. Plus, I loved the fact that Armstrong is close to the beach!
Favorite Pirate Experience: Working in the office of the university’s President and Vice President of Finance, where she learned important life lessons about hard work, leadership and organization.
Best Advice: Don’t ever let anyone put you down. Always follow your dreams.
When Bonnie Terrell first came to Armstrong as a freshman, she planned to be a Political Science major. However, she eventually fell in love with teaching and decided to become a middle school teacher.
A senior at Armstrong, Bonnie enjoys working with kids and helping them learn about Social Studies and Language Arts through fun, hands-on activities. She teaches her favorite subjects, in part, by encouraging students to put on skits, write songs and get personally involved with the material at hand.
“If they create a song or a play about World War II, rather than doing a worksheet, they will remember it more,” she says. “It will mean more to them.”
In December of 2011, Bonnie traveled to Kazakhstan as part of a special teaching abroad program at Armstrong, where she had the opportunity to teach English to students and teachers in the nation’s capital of Astana. It was her first time abroad, and it proved to be an important turning point in her education.
“The whole experience will help make me a better teacher,” she explains. “I learned different teaching styles. Being able to teach students from another country was amazing. It was truly a life-changing experience. I hope I can put as much passion into my teaching as the teachers in Kazakhstan do.”
A member of the Kappa Delta Pi educational honor society at Armstrong, Bonnie has also served as an Armstrong Ambassador and as the chairman of the Campus Union Board. A successful athlete, she also played intramural flag football on the Armstrong team that made it to the state championships in Statesboro, Georgia, her freshman year.
As graduation approaches, Bonnie is applying for teaching jobs in the Savannah area. However, she plans to continue her education and aspires to become a principal one day.
“I love kids,” she says with a smile. “They’re so smart and so silly and so fun. When they really ‘get it’ and the lightbulb goes off in their heads, it’s just so exciting.”