New York Islanders January 2024 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

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New York Islanders January 2024 Teacher of the Month


Christine Klaus


Sycamore Avenue Elementary School

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

Mrs. Klaus is a passionate fourth-grade teacher with over 25 years of dedicated service to education. Mrs.’s love for teaching is evident in her positive impact on generations of young minds, fostering a nurturing and inspiring learning environment. Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, Mrs. Klaus is undertaking a doctorate to enhance her knowledge further and contribute to educational research. Her enthusiasm for teaching extends beyond textbooks, as she strives to instill a lifelong love of learning in each student. Mrs. Klaus’ remarkable journey stands as a testament to the transformative power of education and the enduring influence of an educator dedicated to shaping the future.

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

The Future Goals program aims to reach STEM concepts through hockey’s exciting and engaging context. The program uses interactive online modules to cover science and math principles with real-life sports examples. Understanding the physics of motion, friction and energy transfer is crucial in analyzing the movements of players, the puck, and the game’s dynamics.

Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?

Barzal is known for his exceptional speed and agility on the ice. His skating ability allows him to maneuver through opponents and create scoring opportunities. Barzal is recognized for his playmaking abilities, including his vision and passing. He can set up his teammates with scoring chances, making him a valuable asset in creating offensive plays. Barzal has demonstrated goal-scoring ability.

If you played hockey, what position would you play?

I would be a right-winger because they have opportunities to score goals. They can position themselves for shots and be in prime scoring locations, especially if they are right-handed shooters. In addition, right-wingers must be fast and agile to navigate the ice quickly, make breakaway runs, and create offensive plays. The right winger is typically involved in offensive and defensive players.