Minnesota Wild December 2022 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
This year marks my 25th year as a teacher! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, and all the changes that have occurred since the day I got hired to teach 6th grade and bought my very own chalk holder! I remember playing school with my sister and our dolls when we were little and I always had fun getting to be the teacher. In high school I had a few teachers that really made learning fun and I loved going to their classes. My original plans didn’t work out, so my Plan B was to get my teaching degree, and I am really glad I did! I have had so much teaching at all the different levels and in the areas of ELL, STEAM, social studies, and now math and science. I have written several grants to help our students and also wrote a grant to bring books to babies through our public library. This grant is used to purchase books to help new parents start their home libraries so that our newest citizens are introduced to language and reading as soon as possible.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
I am a fan of JT Brown who is currently employed as TV analyst for the Seattle Kraken at Root Sports. I used to babysit JT and I have enjoyed following his hockey career!
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
I have used the Future Goals program for about 7 years! I love that the kids can move through it at their own pace. AND, that they are also learning about HOCKEY which is not typically an “Iowa” sport. I see STEM in hockey through the physics of puck control and moving on the ice, the technology of safer uniforms and equipment, and hockey statistics.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
If I played hockey I would be a winger. I am not great on ice skates and a winger requires the fewest additional skills, unlike other positions.