Hansen Elementary School
Cedar Falls Community Schools
Subjects and Grade Level
4th Grade Teacher
I received my Elementary Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007
I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Ryan Chambers (husband), Sue George (mother), Jerry George (father), Tom George (brother), Marge Gunderson (grandmother)
Within my building, I serve on the following professional committees: Sunshine Social Committee, Character Counts Committee, American Education Week, Iowa Core Curriculum: Literacy
What do you like most about teaching?
Every day, I get the opportunity to do what I love while working in a wonderful school with amazing people and students. I have the chance to make a positive impact in the lives of my students. At the same time, I am constantly learning, and often laughing, from the lessons students teach me! Working with an incredible group of students each year, who are eager to learn, ready to laugh, and willing to try makes my job the best job in the world!
What do you find most challenging about teaching?
The most challenging part of teaching is finding the time to get it all done! There are so many important responsibilities that teachers have, and they all take time, energy, and enthusiasm to be completed in a quality way.
Best tip for new teachers?
Be sure to find time to collaborate with co-workers and mentors. Fellow teachers are valuable resources as they will share insights and ideas with you that will help you learn and begin your career successfully. The first few years are worth remembering, with all their ups, downs, and new experiences. Each day, simply do the best that you can!
Best tip for career teachers?
Embrace the chance to try something new. Education is continually changing to keep up with the world we live in. This can be overwhelming, but at the same time, it provides the opportunity to learn something new while continually growing as a professional.
What is your favorite piece of advice for students?
Always try your best! Keep pushing yourself to learn new things, be creative, get involved, and be a role model for others. You are capable of great things! Work hard and believe in yourself!
What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
Words cannot express what being a Gold Star Teacher truly means to me. It is such an honor to be recognized for what I am doing as an educator. I was touched to think that students took the time to nominate me, and then to actually be selected as a recipient was overwhelming. It lets me know that I am making a difference in the lives of my students. It also encourages me to continually push myself toward becoming a better teacher.