Saia Pope is a math and English teacher in Provo High School’s special education program.
Throughout his 30 years of teaching he has been a part of the Granite and Provo City school districts, having taught at Cottonwood, Cyprus, Granite and Provo High schools. Aside from teaching, he also works as a landscaper and football coach at the school.
Pope said his favorite part of teaching is working with the kids. He likes to see how they change, how they learn and how they use that to be able to graduate. When he teaches kids, he tries to understand why students aren’t getting concepts so he can change the way he teaches. He says once he finds the best method “a light goes on” and he can see that they are starting to learn.
Outside of the classroom, Pope coaches football and works on the High School’s landscape. He said sports teach kids to never give up, to work as a team and “to earn something,” which are great lessons that can be used in their everyday lives. He chooses to work landscaping because, as he said, he is good at it and he takes pride in making the school look nice.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and working out at the gym. Saia Pope is a great mentor, as well as active member of the community and we are proud to have him as a part of the Provo City School District.