Meet Tarrah Huber, the recipient of an ACE master’s degree scholarship! We were excited to offer the award to an eligible educator who benefits from our nonprofit partner, Crayons to Computers. Huber is currently a fifth-grade teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio with aspirations to teach and lead in literacy upon completion of our M.Ed. in Literacy program. We were excited to get to know her better.
ACE: Congratulations on being selected for the Crayons to Computers scholarship! What does this mean to you?
Tarrah Huber (TH): This scholarship means a lot to me, and I will forever be grateful. Because of this opportunity, I feel more empowered and driven to reach my academic and career goals without a financial barrier.
ACE: We know that continued education can directly impact your career. How do you hope this scholarship will help you meet your goals?
TH: I have chosen to pursue the M.Ed. in Literacy program. As someone who deeply loves reading, I want to instill that same passion into the students I teach. I currently teach students of all reading levels, and I hope to get them aligned with their grade levels by using what I learn in the program.
ACE: What led to your passion for literacy?
TH: Growing up, I was never the strongest reader, but now it’s one of my favorite subjects to teach. As a teacher, I strive to find books that are at the appropriate level and interesting for my students. Many of my students are significantly behind grade-level, and I would like to learn techniques and tools to be able to get them to where they need to obtain successful literacy skills.
ACE: Tell me a bit about your role in the classroom.
TH: I’m a fifth-grade teacher at Stewart Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio. My job requires me to deliver and differentiate instruction to a variety of students to help them learn. Along with core subjects, I’m passionate about teaching my students how to be good leaders and citizens in their classrooms and communities through different Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Leader in Me programs. It’s important for me to be a mentor and their biggest supporter.
ACE: Crayons to Computers is a local nonprofit that provides school supplies to teachers and their students. How long have you shopped at Crayons to Computers, and what do you love about the organization?
TH: I have been shopping at Crayons to Computers for two years now. I love walking in and seeing the workers and volunteers so happy to help. I also enjoy talking with the other teachers I meet while I shop. I learn a lot!
ACE: What advice would you give to a new teacher or someone wanting to begin an education career?
TH: College may be difficult, but the studying and late nights will be worth it in the end. As a new teacher, be sure to be open to learning, talking and asking for help when needed. It’s not an easy field, but it’s an extremely rewarding career! Take it day by day and be sure to take care of yourself, so you can be the best version of yourself for the kids.
Learn more about the M.Ed. in Literacy at American College of Education.