New Teacher Questionnaire: Della Coleman

New Teacher Questionnaire: Della Coleman

Della Coleman

By: Emma Coons


Starting the 2016-2017 school year, Houston High School was fortunate to receive fourteen new teachers. The Pony Express interviewed new teacher, Della Coleman. Ms. Coleman’s responses have been edited for clarity.


PE: Where did you grow up and go to High School?


DC: I attended Northwest High School in Clarksville,TN.

PE: What did you enjoy studying or participating in in High School?


DC: I enjoyed music, theatre, cross-country, Student Government, National Honor Society, Chemistry, and all of my academics.

PE: Where did you go to college?


DC: I went to college at the University of Tennessee at Martin

PE: What did you study/participate in in college?


DC: I studied Music Education

PE: Do you have any children and/or pets?


DC: I have a lazy and loving cat named Kitty. Quite the original name I am sure.

PE: Have you ever taught before? If so, where and for how long?


DC: This is my first year getting to teach as a full time instructor.

PE: What’s your favorite part about Houston High?


DC: My favorite part of Houston High School is everyone’s positive and welcoming attitudes.

PE: What’s your favorite part about being a teacher?

DC: Helping my students learn. One of the most rewarding experiences I have had thus far is working with the front ensemble and seeing how far they have come with just a little instruction. It makes me very optimistic about the future for this program.

PE: What would you be doing if you weren’t teaching?


DC: Probably pursuing a career in engineering. I like the sound of being a mechanical engineer/inventor! Dream big right? =D

PE: How is working at Houston different from what you’ve done before?
DC: It is different in the fact that there are tons of smart students that really want to learn about everything. I am a bit daunted by the amount of students I am working with but nonetheless excited to be here and start my first year as an educator.