By Teachers, For Teachers
Kromrey Middle School
Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Without doubt, my favorite teacher was my high school chemistry teacher Mr. Mike Lipp. For starters, he was a man who clearly enjoyed his job on a daily basis. He always entered the classroom with a smile, and he also worked very hard to connect with all his students on a personal level.
In addition, he was the first teacher I ever had that challenged me and expected me to do more than just the minimum. As a result, I was very eager to work hard in his class so I could prove to him that I was capable. No other teacher demanded that I work to the best of my abilities, nor did I try as hard for any other teacher.
Lastly, Mr. Lipp made learning fun. He could have taught any subject and still engaged his students. Mike Lipp was my best teacher, and his pedagogy has been an inspiration for me as I have journeyed on my own teaching career.
What are three things every teacher should own?
1. “Open house” tie – each year I wear the same tie to open house. Maybe it doesn’t have to be a tie, but something that represents the start of the new school year.
2. Nalgene water bottle – in this profession you have to stay hydrated to avoid massive headaches.
3. Cheap scrapbook – all teachers should have someplace to store the memories. I find myself getting cute notes and emails from parents and students that I want to be able to look back at someday.
If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
My ideal principal would be Albert Einstein. He had the guts and conviction to ask why. He also struggled in school in some capacities despite his brilliance. As a principal, he would encourage creativity and would support his staff when things don’t go as perfectly as planned.
What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Before deciding to teach, I gave some serious thought into studying law. Not only does the legal system fascinate me, but I also love to argue. I enjoy debating topics with people, and I think that I would enjoy litigating cases that were important to me.
Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
Jack London’s Call of the Wild. This is the first time most of my students have to study a book and not just read it. It stretches their thinking more than anything else we do all year.
What is the greatest misconception about teachers?
That they are actually offended by the “you only work 180 days a year joke.” We know the joke is not on us…
What stereotype about teachers is true?
We like to go out and have a good time. Also, what is best for kids is always at the center of what we do.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I began coaching high school soccer in college, and I found that I loved working with and teaching kids.