Jody Bisgrove

Holmes Junior High

City/School System
Cedar Falls Community Schools

Subjects and Grade Level
9th Grade Honors Algebra I and 9th Grade PreAlgebra

What’s the thing you like most about teaching?
I like being with my students and watching them grow as both people and mathematicians.

What’s the thing you find most challenging about teaching?
Students who refuse to try.

Best tip for new teachers?
Set and know your expectations of the students and stand by them. But don’t be afraid to rethink your expectations as the years go by.

Best tip for career teachers?
Don’t be afraid to accept new ideas into your teaching.

Favorite piece of advice for students?
If you try and give it 100%, you will succeed. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
I felt very rewarded by receiving this award. Teachers don’t get very many pats on the back for the hard work and dedication to teaching and their students, and this award provided that and more.