We Love Our Teachers

This time of year, many students look towards the start of the school year with a mix of anxiousness and excitement. Teachers share those feelings at the start of the school year. Excited about new ideas they have for their new students and their classroom, a bit apprehensive about what will work and what might not. But one thing is absolutely certain, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to these warriors in the classroom. Our hats off to all of you who give so much to our students. THANK YOU!

Mrs. Conn
Years Teaching: 29
Current Grade Level: 5th Grade
What do you love most about teaching? The small humans. They are whole little people learning how to navigate the world and it is a joy to get to watch them grow.
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? A new crew. (Aside – I liken to teaching to being pregnant every year.) It is so exciting in the beginning, all new and there is so much to learn. In the middle of the year, it’s like the second trimester of a pregnancy – cruising along and pretty comfortable. The final ‘trimester’ is when both teacher and kids are ready for the next stage. It’s time for the baby to move on to the next stage.

Mrs. Meagan Simonette
Years Teaching: 5
Current Grade Level: 2nd Grade
What do you love most about teaching? Seeing the kids get excited about learning. Watching them create something and applying things they’ve learned from me.
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? Setting up my classroom is always one of my most favorite things to do. This year I’m excited to teach a new grade!

Mrs. Geary
Years Teaching: 14
Current Grade Level: 3rd Grade
What do you love most about teaching? I love all of the smiles on the faces on my students each day! I also love the funny things they say, questions, jokes, and learning more and more about the kids. They bring such happiness to each day of my life and I am truly grateful!
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? I am most excited to see my students from last year in class again who are looping up with me and to meet the new students and learn about them. The fresh start and new school supplies are fun too!

Mrs. Jessica Balke
Years Teaching: 3
Current Grade Level: 8th Grade
What do you love most about teaching? What I love most about teaching is that it’s a two way street. I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me, we teach each other and it’s a never ending cycle.
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? I am most excited about meeting new faces and taking on new challenges this next school year.

Mrs. Waufle
Years Teaching: 23 – all in Parker!
Current Grade Level: 4th Grade
What do you love most about teaching? I love making an impact on children’s lives, no matter how small. I want students to remember me as someone who helped them grow not only academically but emotionally as well.
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? I am so excited to be back in the general education setting after spending 11 years in special education. I am also super excited to be teaming with one of my very best friends.

Mrs. Janell Ames
Years Teaching: Starting my 2nd year
Current Grade Level: 7th Grade
What do you love most about teaching? I love the connections with my students and the daily and sometimes minute to minute challenges. It definitely keeps you on your toes.
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? Still being a newer teacher, I am excited to continue to grow as an educator. The more I learn the more I can give to my students. There is nothing greater than being able to help spark an idea, a passion, or boost the confidence of another person.

Mrs. Peterson
Years Teaching: 26
Current Grade Level: Moving to 4th grade after 21 years in Kindergarten
What do you love most about teaching? I love the opportunity to help learners navigate their world! We learn to work together and make tremendous progress!
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? After 21 years of kindergarten I am going to teach 4th grade! I love learning and am excited to have the opportunity to, once again, teach older students! What’s even more exciting is that I’ll have some kids that I had the pleasure of teaching when they were in my kindergarten class! Fun fun!!

Mrs. Kellee Ellis
Years Teaching: 5
Current Grade Level: 1st Grade
What do you love most about teaching? The kids!
What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year? New students & new adventures

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