Teacher Spotlight

Grade: 8   l   Subject: Language Arts


Metro North Children's Learning Center

Malden, Massachusetts


Teaching Motto: Let them do it!!!


What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

We are just glorified babysitters.


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

My high school Biology teacher, Mr. Highfield. He seemed to take an interest in me, and even thought that I was semi-smart =) That really was the first time a teacher made me feel good about myself...and that was my junior year of high school!

Teacher Spotlight Mr. Robert Culp
Grade: 7   l   Subject:  Special Education Math & Language Arts


Dirksen Junior High

Joliet, Illinois


Teaching Motto: If it's easy, it's not worth doing. We grow from being challenged and pushed to reach our potential. It is also important to know each of your students and not overwhelm them. It's about finding a balance.

What are three things every teacher should own?

A shirt, pants, and shoes. If they didn't own these things, they really should not be in front of students.


What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Acting. I love the fine arts and occasionally do some community theatre, but I always wished I could take some time and try to audition in downtown Chicago.

Teacher Spotlight Ms. Ashley Hinkle
Grades: 2, 3   l   Subjects: All


Mechanicsville Elementary
Hanover County, VA


Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
My favorite unit activity I have done so far in my teaching career was a project called "Hats off to Famous Americans!". After learning about several famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Thurgood Marshall, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, etc. students were asked to complete a project.


The rubric required students to decorate a hat to display the achievements and educate others about their famous American. In addition, students had to wear the hat while giving a speech that they wrote themselves giving advice to people around the world. The speech had to be written as if it were the actual famous American's words. My students had so much fun taking on such important roles and playing an active part in continuing to spread the efforts of their predecessors. The success of the project even inspired me to launch my own program called "Famous American Theatre" where I invited parent and community volunteers to come into the classroom dressed as Famous Americans to teach the students in a more interactive way. 

Teacher Spotlight Jenna Cummings

Grade: 7  l Subject: Language Arts


Lamar Middle School

Irving, Texas


What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
I would love to try my hands as a Labor and Delivery nurse.


If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
If I could choose any person to be principal, I'd choose Dr. Seuss or Charles Schultz. They were two amazing men have created a love of reading around the world through books and cartoons, some of which portrayed "life".

Grade: 7  l  Subject: Science


Donald E. Gavit MS/HS

Hammond, Indiana

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

I use to be a safety engineer.  I want to be a novelist.

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

Edible DNA made with twizzlers, colored marshmallows and toothpicks.  How long can YOU make a strand?


Grade: K-5  I  Library Media Specialist

Stockwell Place Elementary

Teaching Motto: Teach Big to Dream Big!! :)


What are three things every teacher should own?

1.) A favorite book

2.) Classical music

3.) Glasses to see what others don't.


What stereotype about teachers is true?

We love children more than anything!



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