Richard Strike, Cedar Falls High School
Subject: High School Math
Years Teaching: 33 years
Hobbies/Interests: Family, gold, watching movies, and volunteering. Although it’s not a “hobby”, I am also a 30 year member of the Iowa Army National Guard, currently serving as the Warrant Officer Candidate Classroom Instructor.
Family Members: Jane (wife), Paul (son), and Cara (daughter).
The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: The things I like most about teaching are the relationships that are built between both fellow teachers and students.
The Thing You Find Most challenging About Teaching: The thing that I find most challenging about teaching is not being able to “reach” all students and build the relationships I want due to barriers that exist.
Best Tip for New Teachers: Teaching is a difficult, ever-changing career. You have to be wiling to adjust to each year and each student to provide the best education possible.
Best Tip for Career Teachers: At times it seems like all new initiatives are just a cycle of years past. No matter what the current trend is, the most important thing you can do is to build relationships with your students, encourage them, and challenge them to look forward.
Favorite Piece of Advice for Students: High school is a confusing mixture of facts, concepts, due dates, and projects. Keep your head above water and see the overall impact of what you are trying to accomplish- the willingness to keep learning.
What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: Every class period, week, quarter, semester, and school year, teachers continue to push forward to try to ensure the best for their students. With this comes great successes and, unfortunately, struggles. To be recognized by another, whether it is a colleague, parent, or student, is the most cherished compliment a teacher can receive. This award is truly humbling considering all of the tremendous teachers in the metro area who push forward each day to provide the best for their students.