Position: 6th grade social studies teacher, STEM+, LEAD Class, Religion
Years Teaching: 14 years
Hobbies/Interests: I like to read autobiographies, exercise, work on my Chevelle, and watch Iowa college football.
What do you enjoy most about teaching? When students are excited about what they are learning, and how they are learning it. I also enjoy the ideas that students bring up, that I had never considered before.
What do you find most challenging about teaching? Reaching every student’s learning style, and finding the right interventions that will best move him/her forward.
Best tip for new teachers: Your students will rise or fall according to your expectations of them. Always keep your standards high, and students will rise to meet your expectations. Also, be patient with yourself. Not everything is going to work right away, just adjust as you go. Teaching is both an art and a science.
Best tip for career teachers: Take time for yourself, and give yourself breaks to stay fresh (I need to listen to myself on that one). Always continue to be positive in every situation. You are the one in the building who can make a big difference.
Favorite piece of advice for students: You will never regret giving your best effort.
What being a Gold Star Teacher means to you: To me, winning the Gold Star means that others have recognized that I put students first, and they felt strong enough about that to nominate me. There are so many incredible teachers in the Cedar Valley, and for me to be chosen for this makes it that much more special.