By Teachers, For Teachers
Kennedy High School
Cheryl Tucker has been making a splash in the teaching community for more than 30 years. She has been teaching high school math and coaching swimming throughout her career. In 2008, Cheryl was inducted into the Minnesota Swin Coaches Swimming Hall of Fame.
Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
My favorite teacher just happened to be my high school math teacher! I was having difficulty with Calculus and went to him to drop the class. I felt I did not belong. For some reason, he would not let me. I became a high school math teacher. Guess I learned some lessons from him about hard work.
What are three things every teacher should own?
1. A never empty box of Kleenex: we are problem solvers and listeners.
2. A large eraser – for when any of us make a mistake, there is tomorrow to correct it.
3. An apple – for each day we invite students to take a taste of knowledge and increase their awareness of the world we live in.
If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
Jesus – he challenges us to think about our lives and how to grow in spirit daily.
What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
I would like to be an explorer. I enjoy challenges and competition – from others and with myself
Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
As a Geometry teacher, I really like teaching right triangle trigonometry. After learning about the tangent relationship, we go outside and measure the height of the building and a couple other object heights using a class made clinometer. This makes the trig come alive for the students.
What is the greatest misconception about teachers?
That we have 3 months off during the summer! Teachers take many classes during the summer to increase their knowledge about subject content and teaching techniques. Teachers often teach summer school to maintain the learning of students or to help others catch up. We always are working in some capacity!
What stereotype about teachers is true?
I would hope it is that we really do enjoy helping kids learn. We have the patience to let them learn, yet the skills to push and motivate them when they resist.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I believe it was when I was 7 and starting playing school at home. I just loved making report cards for some reason!