Grade Level and Subject: High School English Teacher
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy reading (English teacher–duh!), camping, playing cards, and scrapbooking.
Family Members: Husband: Stephan; 3 Daughters: Hannah, Sarah, and Mia.
The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: I am amazed at how year after year, class after class, the student continue to teach me. I learn so much from them; not just the typical patience and responsiblity, but also how to laugh at myself, keep life fun, and understand that everyone is struggling with something even if we can’t see it on the outside.
The Thing You Find Most Challenging about Teaching: Like most of my colleagues, I find it is a challenge to teach to all levels and do it well. Teachers must purposefully accomodate and modify to help struggling learners, and just as crucial, raise the bar and challenge the students who are talented and gifted so they learn and grow as well.
Best Tip for New Teachers: Keep a list/journal of all the gunny and unexpected moments you run into, and your success stories. Also keep the thank you cards and letters/emails students give you. When the job gets overwhelming and seemingly impossible, or when you have your dark days (trust me, they will happen!), read and reflect on those memories and I guarantee you will remember that this too shall pass, and know in your heart that you are a teacher for a reason.
Advice for Students: Ask questions–always and about everything. Embrace your curiosity as it is the basis for all knowledge.
What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: This is a terrific honor. I am humbled, and at the same time appreciative that I live in a community where teachers are acknowledged and rewarded for all their hard work.