Ms. Amy Meissner

Ms. Amy Meissner

Greendale Middle School
Greendale, Wisconsin

My name is Amy Meissner. Born and raised in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, I attended elementary, middle, and high school along with my older sister, Lisa, and younger brother, David. With the love, support, and guidance of my parents, Mary Kay and Randy, I enjoyed being a year-round athlete and academically sound student. At “Trivers” I participated in basketball, tennis, softball, and track, as well as a variety of clubs including Student Council, the Octagon Club, and National Honor Society. Upon graduation, I chose to attend the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay playing collegiate women’s tennis, and studying Spanish, Education, and Business Administration. I just completed my first year of part-time teaching in the both the New Berlin and Greendale school districts as well as coaching 7th grade girls’ basketball, and I am very excited to wear my Panther Pride as a full-time Spanish teacher for the Greendale School District this coming school year.

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

I can think of many “teachers” throughout my life that I enjoyed learning from, whether or not they had the actual degree. That being said, I particularly remember Mrs. Mujkanovic, my high school Applied Psychology teacher for her humor, ability to connect with students and creative lessons.

What are three things every teacher should own?

During my first year of teaching I learned quickly the importance having band aids, tissues, and post-it notes in my room at all times.

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

Wow, this is a tough decision, but I think that Robin Williams would be an awesome principal.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

I would attempt the profession of home or interior design.

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

Although I just finished my first year of teaching and I know that there will be better lessons to come, a lesson activity that I really like to utilize in vocabulary recognition and oral practice is “Brinca Arriba” or “Jump up.” The class is split into two, and each student has at least one Spanish vocabulary card (most times two or three). After being shown a picture, seeing an action, hearing the word in English, or listening to a description in Spanish, the first student from one of the two teams to jump up and say the correct vocabulary term/phrase wins a point for the team. This activity would continue for at least a full round of all of the vocabulary being practiced, and can get quite interesting with middle school students.

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

The greatest misconception is that teachers only work from 7am-3pm, September to June.

What stereotype about teachers is true?

Well, I’m not sure if this is a stereotype, but those coffee machines in the teachers’ lounge are definitely not for décor – we generally need our regular fix of coffee or caffeine.

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I actually was never certain about what career path I wanted to take early on, but I knew I liked working with others and that I enjoyed school. During college, when I was volunteering as an aide at a bilingual, at-risk elementary school, I realized my role beyond that of an educator. Many students viewed school as a safe-haven, a place where they could be heard, fed, guided, and protected while learning. As my perspective on being a teacher evolved, I gained altruistic reasons for entering and sticking with the profession.