Teacher Spotlight

Grade: 5th  l  Multi-subject


McCandless Elementary
Hutchinson, Kansas


What are three things every teacher should own?

Laptop, smartboard, file cabinet (for storing all those resources!)..technology makes learning more fun and captivating. Students LOVE smartboard and having a laptop makes life easier!


How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I always enjoyed helping people as a child, but definitely couldn't stand all of the blood and what not of being a doctor. When I started working in a pre-school/daycare, the experience confirmed that I loved teaching, having those "light bulb moments" and having a positive impact on students.

Grade: MS   l   Subject: Social Studies


Middle School



If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
Albus Dumbledore- he is patient, kind, understanding, has a witty sense of humor, and is very wise. He is not quick to judge students or staff, and is open to all ideas. Plus, he could really spice up the school atmosphere with some magic!

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Sports reporter- I love sports and would love to travel the country or the world to cover athletics.

Teacher Spotlight Ms. Amy Meissner
Grade: MS  l   Subject: Spanish


Greendale Middle School

Greendale, Wisconsin 


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.


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.

Grade: Elem   l   Subject: Music


Cottonwood Elementary

Wright, Wyoming


If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
Someone strong in character, but caring - Honest and fair, yet backs you when needed, FUN and chatty with the kids, but still a good, strong disciplinarian. That someone would be my recently deceased dad, Frank Lobach.


How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
After that junior high experience - I knew, something in me changed and I followed my dad's footsteps all the way and I'm so glad I did.  It's been a great ride!!

Teacher Spotlight Ms. Ann Miller
Grade: K-8   l  Subject: SPED


Stephen Gaynor School

Manhattan, New York


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

My favorite teacher was a high school English teacher who so loved reading and literature himself, that his passion was irresistible. Without any coercion, just through sheer joy, he opened up the world for his students.


Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

My favorite lesson was one on recycling where I took my entire class to the now closed "Staten Island landfill" where all New York City garbage was transported. After studying the unit for several weeks, the reality of seeing miles and miles of garbage was something my students could not have previously imagined. I knew they would be careful about recycling from then on.

Teacher Spotlight Mrs. Christine Dyer
Grade: HS   l  Subject: English


Ben Eielson Jr/Sr. High School

Fairbanks, Alaska


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

I think that Mark Twain would be able to see kids as kids--his discipline would consist of understanding and holding them accountable for their behavior. Through his open-mindedness and high standards, Twain would be able to show kids and convince them that they are more than what they may see themselves to be, which is always a good characteristic for a school's leader.


What stereotype about teachers is true?

I know that this is not true for everyone, but, in my experience, I would have to say that teachers have very little "life" outside of their classroom during the school year--and I'm okay with that.  I know that it's a choice, but I've heard people say it before, and I have to admit that--for me-- it's definitely true.



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