Seattle Kraken October 2021 Teacher of the Month
Spanaway Middle School; Bethel School District
Tell us about yourself!
This is my 15th year of teaching! I started as a computer specialist at the elementary level and moved on to teaching 6th grade. As my district transitioned from a jr high to a middle school model, I moved up and taught 6th and 7th grade math. Shortly after moving up to the middle school, I took on a new challenge and became a CTE teacher! I decided to become a teacher because I enjoy working with students and seeing them grow into young adults who can reason through and overcome challenges. My favorite thing about teaching is witnessing those “Ah ha” moments when students realize they can accomplish anything they put their minds too. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy riding my bike and have had the honor of participating in many cycling-related after school and community organizations. I run an after school bike club at my school which helps students explore their community and understand that the world isn’t all that big once you get on your bike and ride!
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
T.J. Oshie. He’s a Washington native and a fantastic player! His work ethic on and off the ice is second to none!
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
Future Goals gives students an interactive and engaging way to access and learn about math and science. It provides a high level of interest for students and presents the lessons in a fun way that holds their attention while teaching concepts that can be difficult for some students to fully access and learn. STEM is all around us, including in the sport of hockey. Keeping the ice at the optimal temperature and in the optimal conditions is a difficult task; players need to know how their blades are sharpened to know how they’ll react to the ice. Math is always involved to ensure that the rink is properly sized and all markings are in the proper location.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
I think I’d either play a Center or Defenseman. I’m a big guy and was an imposing force when I played rugby, so I think a position that allows me to leverage that would be great!