Chloe Felterman strides through her journey as teacher


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Chloe Felterman discusses the Odyssey with her eighth period sophomore English class.

English teacher Chloe Felterman had terrible English teachers in high school; she would get outraged and leave the class because she felt they didn’t know what they were talking about. One year she had to read “A Walk To Remember,” by Nicholas Sparks: she got angry and had to leave the class and sit in another part of her school because of how mad she was that they had to talk about this book in high school. She ended up studying English at LSU, and when her old high school asked her to come back and teach for a year, she realized she loved teaching.

Felterman has been teaching here for two years as an English teacher. She is also a technical director for the theater.

Before Felterman came to Maryland, she lived in Louisiana. According to Felterman, she attended Louisiana State University, where she studied English and got her undergraduate degree.

She had a variety of experiences with the school system before arriving here. According to Felterman, she first taught at Central Catholic in Louisiana, then got her master’s at the University of Southern Mississippi and later taught at Petal High School in Mississippi.

She does her best to be relatable and welcoming to her students. “I like to be honest with you guys – there is no point in making myself into this perfect being because I’m definitely not. I have a lot of anxiety and a lot of things I had to work through, especially in high school. I think having people you guys can relate to helps and if I can be that person for you, then I try to be,” Felterman said.

Felterman said she understands that we’re all individuals and not just a classroom of students; we each have our own lives outside of the school, our own struggles, strengths and weaknesses and she tries to help us navigate through it all.

Throughout Felterman’s teaching career, she learned different lessons. “I can always be better, even when I come up with the most I think is creative or exciting lessons, it could always be improved and listening to the students is what I have to continuously be doing,” Felterman said.

Felterman made a good impression on her colleagues and students. According to senior Karim Malti, Felterman is a nice teacher and more relatable than most teachers. “She’s a very warm, upbeat and happy person; a talented teacher, the kind we want to keep in this system,” English teacher Dominique Parker said.

Outside of the classroom, Felterman likes a range of activities. According to Felterman, she likes to do random crafting, painting, scrapbooking, anything artistic, watching old sitcoms and hanging out with family.

A memorable moment in her life was her wedding. According to Felterman, she got married to her husband during Covid and had a small reception at her parents’ house; they swam in the river and enjoyed the day. They then had a reception with their entire family the following year.