St. Louis Blues January 2024 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

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St. Louis Blues January 2024 Teacher of the Month


Bonnie Lair


Jersey Community Middle School

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I am a dedicated educator with a 25-year passion for shaping young minds in middle school. My entire career has been nestled in middle school, seventh grade, specifically.  As a current 7th grade STEM teacher, I have navigated the field of both science and math to bring inspiration from the outside world into my classroom.  Fueled by the impact of my own seventh-grade math teacher, Mrs. Silvia Schwaab, I embarked on a journey to inspire curiosity and foster a love for learning. With unwavering commitment, I navigated the dynamic landscape of education, blending innovative teaching methods with genuine mentorship.  From tackling complex math concepts to imparting life skills, my teaching career has been defined by a heartfelt dedication to empowering the next generation.

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

My favorite part of the Future Goals program is the science and math integration. Students are always amazed to see how much thought and education goes into the game itself. As a STEM teacher, I look for world events to educate my students on a path of integration. STEM plays a major role in hockey. Players calculate angles, speed, risks, statistics, equipment, and personal goals.

Who is your favorite NHL player?

My favorite NHL player is Robert Thomas, St. Louis Blues. He is a great team player with fantastic community involvement.

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

I would be terrible at hockey, with weak ankles and poor balance. The only position I could see myself playing is goalie. It is a tiring, exhausting, stressful job, but I would not have to skate up and down the rink. Jordan Binnington is my goalie hero!