Chicago Blackhawks December 2023 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

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Chicago Blackhawks December 2023 Teacher of the Month


Sydney Hackley


Plano Middle School

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Sydney Hackley and I am a middle-level educator. I currently teach 7th-grade Math and Science in Illinois and support new educators through a mentoring program. I have been in education for the past 7 years, which is crazy to think since they have flown by without a doubt! I have known I wanted to be a teacher since 2nd grade, which was greatly influenced by my second-grade teacher. Additionally, the passion I have for working with children in the capacity that an educator does is a driving force. I enjoy helping my students navigate through learning, school, relationships, and life during their middle school years. I work very hard to build relationships with each one of my students and curate my classroom so that it feels like a home for each of them in some capacity.

Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?

Connor Bedard because he is so young! It is amazing to see his talent and ability to set a goal and reach it. I believe that he can utilize his early success and motivate students, whether they are involved in athletics or not. Be passionate and go after your goals and aspirations.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

My favorite part of Future Goals is how they make real-world connections to sports and STEM concepts. Students are always so engaged with maneuvering through the modules and additional activities that are provided.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

If I were to play hockey, the position I would play is Goalie. This is solely because I do not have the ability to skate. However, I am quick and can predict the next moves of anything coming my way. I play out various scenarios so that I am always prepared and never blindsided by something coming in my direction.