Michelle Droe

Michelle Droe Lincoln Elementary School

School: Lincoln Elementary School

School System: Cedar Falls Community Schools

Subject and Grade Level: 1st-6th Grade Music Teacher

Education: BA from Augustana College, Master’s in Music from University of Northern Colorado

Hobbies: Gardening, biking, jogging, reading, cooking, eating, learning to play the guitar

Family members: Kevin (husband), Anjah (daughter), Cocoa (dog), and Bean (dog)

How long have you been teaching: 22 years

The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: Embracing diversity in a public school setting.

The Thing You Find Most Challenging About Teaching: Tailoring musical experiences to fit each child’s individual needs.

Best Tip for New Teachers: Get to know your students and connect to them as much as possible.

Best Tip for Career Teachers: Keep learning and resist the status quo.

Favorite Piece of Advice for Students: Be a sponge that soaks up information and helps others.

What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that teachers can be recognized for their good work.  Thanks for lifting us up and inspiring us to grow alongside our students!