St. Louis College Prep middle school science students have a new teacher for Cycle 4, as Ameerah Fairley joins the school's instructional staff.
"I love teaching science because it is so relatable to real life," said Fairley. "I love that ah-ha moment that kids have when they think it is so hard, but I break it down to where they can understand it. When they have that moment, it really makes me love my job."
Failey has been creating that moment for St. Louis area students for the past 8 years, starting her career as a high school science teacher with St. Louis City Public Schools.
"I started off teaching biology, human anatomy and physiology, and chemistry," she said. "Then I moved to Central Middle School in Riverview Gardens and found I absolutely loved teaching on the middle school level.
But after three years at Central Middle School, Fairley decided she was ready for something new.
"I kind of felt like there was nowhere for growth there," she said. "I wanted something different, so I started doing research on St. Louis College Prep and finally put in an application and here I am.
"I am here to do my magic," she added.
Outside of school, Fairley enjoys spending time with her 7-year-old son and her husband but has also formed a new non-profit aimed at mentoring teenage girls.
"It is called The Princess Perspective," she said. "My first name means princess in Arabic, the perspective part of it is about understanding that each of our ideas about being a princess will not look the same for everybody. We focus on educating the whole girl, dealing with physical issues, mental stability, and spiritual outreach. We also community service and we just took them on a college tour during spring break."
Fairley said she brings that entrepreneurial spirit to her classroom as well.
"I like to have fun in my classes," she said. "For example today in my classes we are going to have a competition over the vocabulary that they will have a test on on Monday. They will be able to earn bonus points toward the vocabulary test so it is a win-win situation. We get to have fun, we learn and we get to apply the words.
A St. Louis native, Fairley earned her Bachelor's degree from a private HBCU, Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., before returning to the area to get Master's Degrees in teaching and education administration at Lindenwood University.