Buffalo Sabres Teacher Highlight and Most Valuable Teacher Nominee!


Suzanne Balthasar


Clarence Central School District

Classroom Team:

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I love children! It is a wonderful thing to be able to talk with children; to hear what their ideas and thoughts are about so many subjects.

What has been your most memorable moment as a teacher?

When a reluctant writing student finally was able to write a paragraph. Then, he began to elaborate causing his piece to become three pages in length! Before that, the boy had not written a word down during Writing class. He and I worked so hard and so well together that we connected; he shined!

What is your favorite part of Future Goals and how are you using it in your classroom?

Students love the Science Stem programs. They love learning about the parts of a hockey game – the rules; how sticks are designed and why hockey sticks are designed in the fashion they are.

What was your student’s reaction to the program?

Like my answer above, they are loving learning about the behind the scenes of hockey – how items are designed and the why behind it. Also, they are enjoying a good challenge.