Denise Tallakson

Malcolmb Price Laboratory School

City/School System
University of Northern Iowa

Subjects and Grade Level
1st and 2nd Grade Multiage Program

What’s the thing you like most about teaching?
I love working with children. They inspire me every day.

What’s the thing you find most challenging about teaching?
Finding enough time to explore all the creative projects I’d like to do.

Best tip for new teachers?
Treat your students with respect and they will learn to do the same to you and others.

Best tip for career teachers?
Be proud of being an educator. You are creating the future.

Favorite piece of advice for students?
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” John Wesley

What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
Being a Gold Star Teacher is a great honor. There are so many teachers who have dedicated their lives to children, encouraging lifelong learning. I feel privledged to be a part of a profession that has allowed me to teach alongside caring colleagues who have chosen a career of serving others.