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Marissa Edwards
Marissa Edwards
Marissa Edwards is a Teen Teacher from Peoria. She is currently a senior at Peoria High School and an intern at Common Place Marissa’s area of teaching is gardening. She taught youth at Common Place about gardening through activities about insects, butterflies, and plants. The kids loved her activities; some of their favorites were symmetrical butterfly prints and snacks, hamburger plants, and plant buddies. Marissa said one of her favorite things was watching the kids learn and learning more herself!


Ashala Beler-Miller
Ashala Beler-Miller
I serve as a 4-H Teen Teacher in Springfield, IL. Currently, I am a sophomore at Springfield High School. I taught children about gardening and it was a great experience for me. The children and I planted flowers and had our own real garden during the summer that we planted ourselves. I also taught them how to use the gardening tools, what you need to garden, and the steps to gardening. We also got outside the box. I taught myself and learned to teach the kids about insects and how they're attracted to plants. The students and I learned about evaporation and the water cycle and how it applies to gardening. We made and participated in lots of fun actives that relates to gardening and growth. I looked forward to developing my lesson plans for the students because I wanted them to be happy and feel like they learned something, So, I put forth a lot of effort in teaching them. The Teens as Teachers Program has inspired me to go into the education field to become a teacher. I enjoyed the rewards of teaching. I also learned through teaching that not only am I teaching them but they also teach me.