Never second guess a mother. They just know.
Bailey Van Vors can tell anyone it’s true: Moms have a way of knowing.
Van Vors fell in love with the idea of becoming a teacher fairly early in her life and yet took her time making sure it was the right career choice.
But her mother always knew.
“From a pretty young age I wanted to be a teacher,” says Van Vors. “I started babysitting when I was 11 years old, so I knew then that I wanted to do something with kids, and it was actually my mom who said, ‘I think you would be a good teacher,’ and then it just sparked.”
A native of Urbandale and 2009 graduate of Dowling High School, Von Vors headed off to Briar Cliff College in Sioux City where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, plus a reading endorsement.
Van Vors is now in her first year of teaching with her own class of first graders at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Boone.
As with so many teachers, Van Vors says her favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning when the kids come with all the enthusiasm for a new day of learning.
“I really like when they come in in the morning, and they share their stories of what happened over the weekend or the night before,” she says.
The new teacher is particularly enjoying the math curriculum at Sacred Heart.
“It’s a very interesting program that we’re using, and it has a lot of different technology pieces and game pieces — and it seems to keep them engaged,” she explains. “And with them being so engaged, I see a lot more of the light bulb moments when the students actually get what I’m talking about — and that’s my job, to make sure that these 14 kids in here are learning and they’re getting it.”
But academics aren’t her only focus. Having spent her own educational career in Catholic schools and university, she’s very happy to be at Sacred Heart.
“I think it’s the ability to share my faith and also grow in my faith that I really enjoy,” Van Vors says.
Most of all, making a difference in the lives of students is her goal.
“My class seems to really enjoy school,” Van Vors concludes happily.