Name: Andrea Bassett
I received my B.A. in Biology from UNCA in 1997. I then began working in the Landscaping field and started my own landscape design and fine gardening business. I enjoyed working outside with the environment, but started to feel like I needed to do something more meaningful with my life.
After several years of self employment I reached a turning point in my life. A lifelong dream came true when I bought a full grown wild mustang stallion from the Bureau of Land Management. The beauty of a truly wild horse is that you have in your world a blank slate. The challenge comes in working through the 1,000 pounds of fear, instinct, and sheer power before you can even hold that blank slate in your hands. During the process I learned a lot about myself; I tested the limits of my patience, determination, and communication skills. I now have wonderful friend and we know we can trust each other. I decided along the way that if I can convince this creature who cannot speak my language to learn what I need him to learn and trust me, children should be easy. The importance lies in building a communication system that works for everyone involved and having the patience to build that system. Taking time for the little details makes all the difference in the world in the long run. It is also important to have the determination to find new solutions, work through the bumps in the road, and the compassion to work with others in such a way that they want to be a part of the system.
I went back to UNCA and completed the K-6 licensure program in December, 2006. I did my student teaching at Sand Hill Venable Elementary in first grade and taught second grade at that school for two months. In February of 2007 I was hired at Glen Arden and taught Kindergarten until moving to second grade in 2009.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, beekeeping, hiking and trail-riding on my horse. My husband and I live on a small farm in East Asheville/Swannanoa with our two dogs, two cats, four goats, a small flock of chickens, a whole lot of honeybees and the horse, of course.