Category Archives: profile

Profile: McCall Recalls Her Teaching Journey

By Gabrielle Jordan/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mrs. Sarah McCall helps Ashton Mattingly, 9.

As kids or adults, we have all struggled with something before, whether that be a research paper for English class or trying to figure out how to deal with a strenuous situation. Whatever it may be, we all know the feeling it brings. Even your teachers encounter the same emotions. Students have been conditioned to always assume teachers are perfect and have everything under control when in reality, they have struggled like the rest of us. 

Mrs. Sarah McCall is the math department head of Greenfield-Central. Through her eleven years of teaching, she has learned the ups and downs of this particular career through trial and error. 

At the beginning of her career, she mentioned that she battled with students to get their attention and control of the classroom. ”I’m not a Mr. Johnson, that doesn’t come out of me,” she said, meaning the powerful aura that comes from Mr. Johnson doesn’t emanate from her. He could tell kids to quiet down and pay attention and they would; they listened to him. 

McCall explained that if she were to try to yell at her students to get their attention, the students would just end up laughing at her. She later went on to reveal that in the beginning of her career, the fact that some of her students wouldn’t take her seriously would make her so frustrated and stressed out that she would go home and cry about it because she didn’t know what to do about it. 

McCall felt like at times, she wasn’t doing her job properly, when in actuality, her students thought otherwise. “She makes you feel successful. She doesn’t make me feel silly, or that I did something wrong for not understanding a question or a problem,” stated Alexis Torrez, 10, an Honors Algebra II student of  McCall. “She gives a chance for failure. Other teachers, I feel like, expect you to grasp a subject right away and assume you’re doing wrong when you fail. Mrs. McCall lets you mess up and learn from it with her afterward.” 

McCall discussed that she would like to see technology change in the education profession. “The big push with devices that so many schools are going with, I don’t know if that’s always the best. I think a lot of students feel that way too; the ones that really want to learn. The kids who want to play games all day, sure they love them. Some classes iPads can be great to use, but there should be iPads that you rent. I don’t think a student needs one all day everyday,” she explained. Students are sometimes distracted by the amount of technology at their fingertips and fail to pay attention and properly grasp the material being taught. 

Another one of her students, Ethan Bittinger, 9, commented that he could relate and understand McCall. “I feel very comfortable asking questions to her because she has a heartwarming smile that makes me know that she sincerely wants to help her students learn.”

Teachers are just like students: From McCall’s personal experience and stories, students can see that they struggle, they feel stressed out, frustrated and emotional when things seem out of their control. But yet with all the hardships of being a teacher, they still always manage to strive for the best. With every word they say, every dry erase marker used, every paper printed, every lesson planned, and every demanding hour spent grading, they manage to make a difference in students’ lives, just like McCall did with Torrez and Bittinger, among others.

 

Profile: Biology teacher encourages problem solving, application skills

by Ally Butrum/Staff Writer

Rebecca Fields, biology teacher, stated of her teaching style, “Sometimes I think my teaching style is a little chaotic, like I have an agenda, and an objective, but sometimes getting there is not very direct.” Her “chaotic” teaching is the majority of her students’ favorite thing about her class. 

Fields went to multiple different places for education to get to where she is now. She started at Purdue, followed a professor to Indiana State, went to IUPUI, and lastly finished at IU for her master’s. After her schooling she worked in a laboratory for eight years along with being a camp counselor. 

She liked the laboratory, but mentioned that it gets boring. “I worked in the laboratory for eight years; it gets lonely,” she said. When asked what made her want to start teaching she said, “I thought I could take all this fast knowledge I have in my head, and use it to interact with people, and have those moments of being goofy.” Fields also enjoyed being a camp counselor, but she stated she favors the science over the teaching. This led her to focus more on her research involving science. 

Following her time in the laboratory, Fields began teaching here at Greenfield-Central for 13 years, and has had a great impact on a majority of her students. She has created a comfortable and positive environment for students to learn in. One of her students, Ava Anderson, 10, stated, “She’s made it fun to learn and made me want to learn more about biology.” Many students have expressed that they enjoy her stories that she has told when teaching. 

People describe Fields in many different ways, but she would describe herself as “a normal, introverted person.” She is a very laid back, down to earth person. She is described as a great listener, and she is also very curious. “I listen, then want to solve problems,” she said. Her students described her as laid back and understanding.

Anderson mentioned that Fields  is a “spunky” person. Anderson stated, “She doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. One of my favorite things about her is she told me she gets dressed in the dark, so that her outfits never make sense.”  

One aspect that many other students have said to like about her, is that she gives them their space. Another one of her students, Kearsten Stearns, 9, “She’s one of those teachers that’s not always up in your face.” Anderson added onto that by saying, “She leaves students alone, but also makes sure everyone understands the lesson and gets their work done.” To Fields, it is very important that students do their best, she said.

Fields has a goal for all of her students. She wants them to be able to have a basic knowledge of science and also be able to apply it to their lives. “I hope my students get the ability to take information, find a solution, use the solution, and then re-adjust,” she said.  Fields hopes her students can develop problem-solving skills to help them confront real life problems, rather than emotions. She said, “We’re all so emotionally-driven; you have to stop and learn to use the brain.”

Profile: Sears creates ‘relaxed environment for kids’

by Abigail Castetter/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mrs. Sears states this painting to be her favorite. “Suffragette is an homage to quilts and the role they played in women gaining the right to vote in America,” (Lisa Sears 2017). 

 

“I love art and it’s just something I am happy to do everyday,” stated Lisa Sears, one of the art teachers at GC. Sears teaches many classes including AP Art History, AP Studio 2D Art, Painting, Drawing, and Photography. She also sponsors many clubs such as the National Art Honor Society, Sunshine Society, Fine Arts Club, and Bring Change 2 Mind. Many students gather around her and some, such as Kammi Anderson, describe her as an exciting and lively person who is always at work. Sears balances being a teacher and an artist outside of school.

Sears went to college at the Herron School of Art and Design. She has taught at other Indiana schools before GCHS. “I taught at a K-12 school which was intriguing, fun, and an easy job,” Sears said when talking about other places where she worked. She also talked about a rough elementary school where she had been the only art teacher, saying it made a difficult job.

When asked about how she balances time and inspiration to do the things she loves, like personal art, she said, “I paint every day for an hour. I find that you set aside a certain amount of time and you always try to stick to that time for whatever you’re passionate about.” Sears said from 9 to 10 p.m. you’ll almost always find her painting something. She mentioned preferring to do art with acrylic and to not waste paint. She does crafts with her scrap, dried paint. Eventually, with time, inspiration will snowball into her art.

Kammi Anderson, a freshman student who hangs out regularly in Sears classroom, talks about her often. “She’s a chill person, unlike me, and it’s always fun when we enter ranty conversations with everyone in the room. She keeps up a good conversation with someone of my pace,” Anderson stated. Many students hang out with Sears, whether it be for extra activities or just to spend time. Anderson also mentioned Sears being someone you don’t feel afraid to talk to about anything, weird or serious.

Another freshman student, Makenna Hansen, who has had her for class and often floats in and out of Sears’ room talks about Sears’ class. Hansen stated, “While she does expect her students to follow rules just like any other teacher, she’s very flexible when it comes to her students’ needs, as well as allowing them to genuinely enjoy their time in her room as it is a very relaxed environment.” She spoke more about the entertaining sarcasm Sears is never afraid to use and Sears’ relaxed attitude.

When asked about sharing artistic interest with students she stated, “kids love art and I love art so everyone’s happy.” Sears has gained respect from many students, like Anderson and Hansen, who share her classes or activities. Students gather around her for guidance and her personality. She chose to be a teacher for the students and enjoyment of sharing hers and others’ art. She has become a prominent figure in many students’ lives and students in her class state they feel welcomed, no matter their beliefs or backgrounds.

Profile: Voigt balances many roles

by Mya Wilcher/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mrs. Carolyn Voigt helps a student with an activity on his iPad. 

Mrs. Carolyn Voigt has taken on many challenges during her teaching career so far. She is a director for the high school’s drama department and a teacher. She is learning to juggle the long hours at the school for rehearsals, teaching, going home to be with her growing family, as well as finding time for grading assignments. 

Voigt had previously attended this high school and is now working here. Taylor Shelton, 9, has a good relationship with Voigt. Shelton said,  “Having Mrs.Voigt as a teacher is like the school just handed you a new friend. She’s kind and understanding.” Shelton said that she had learned from Voigt to be more confident and that it’s alright to make mistakes. She also thinks that others could learn to break out of their shell and be themselves more from Voigt. 

Shelton said, “I love that when she teaches, she tries to make sure everyone is having fun.” The first thought that Shelton had when she first walked into Voigt’s room was that she knew she was in a comfortable and safe place. She could also tell that she was going to be happy in her class. 

One of Voigt’s fellow English teachers, Mrs. Lisa Fox, was asked what it is like working next to Voigt. She had this to say: “She has lots of kids coming to her asking lots of questions because she has a lot going on. She’s always an up, positive person and she’s always very busy.”

Fox said she has learned a few things about Voigt from working down the hall from her. She said, “Well, she takes on a challenge very positively. She came in at the beginning of the year and didn’t seem intimidated by her challenges and went straight from being a student teacher to a teacher in about a week… She knew what she could do and she didn’t let the kids sway her. So seeing that, I just really have a lot of respect for her.” Fox said from Voigt, others could learn to have confidence in what you know and to stand firm with that. 

Voigt said that her first year of teaching was crazy because she started in November of Fall 2016. She had finished her student teaching on a Tuesday and she started teaching on that following Wednesday. Voigt was asked to describe what it feels like to work with people that were once your teachers. She responded with, “It was very weird at first, and I remember being asked by Mr.Beal ‘How are you going to handle having people who were once your teachers be your coworkers?’ And I said ‘Well I understand that I have to gain their respect and I just have to do my work to the best of my ability and eventually they as their peer versus somebody that they had in class.”

Voigt said that her first year of teaching was good and when she came in, they were at a rough spot financially in the sense that they really needed some “Home runners” to be in a good spot for the next year.

Voigt had an important memorable moment during her first year of directing.  “During the Sunday show of Once Upon a Mattress, I was in the booth and the students had all of a sudden turned off the lights and turned off the music and I was freaking out because they hadn’t given their announcements yet. One of the main actors asked me to come up on stage and they handed me flowers and thanked me for everything that year and I just started crying, of course. But it was just so sweet for them to do that at all. It was just this really an awesome moment that throughout all the stress and all the tears that may have happened that first era of teaching, it all was worth it in that one moment.” 

The many challenges that Voigt took on led to where she is now. She didn’t give up through the hard times and she stayed persistent. She strives to make time for her home life along with everything else she juggles during her school life. 

Profile: Students enjoy ‘open and honest’ teaching

By Abby Morgan

photo caption: Kaitlyn Gardner, 9, studies while Ms. Erin Grimes, Dylan Moles, 9, and Nicole Civitarese  pose for a quick picture.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” said Miss Erin Grimes.

Grimes has been teaching Spanish I and II for a few years at the high school now. Before she was a teacher, she student taught for Mrs. Paula Perry, the head of the Spanish department. Ms. Sonja Jaggers, another Spanish teacher, said, “It’s nice to have a young teacher beside me. We throw ideas off of each other sometimes and it helps the both of us with lessons to teach our classes. She also helps me out with technology a lot when I need it, which is nice too.”

When she was little, Grimes would often play outside with her friends. When she got a little older, she picked up the skill to play piano and started to take lessons, she said. She also has an older brother; he is three and a half years older.  Grimes thinks her parents influenced her and made her a better person, having them always tell her what to do so she wasn’t ever lost. Growing up, Grimes always wanted to be a teacher. It was either math or Spanish, she said, but as time went on math got very difficult. Once she decided on that, Grimes started to actually study and pay attention in class. She thinks she did well, or at least she hopes so, she said.

One of Grimes’s favorite things to do is bond with her students. There is nothing better than getting to know them, it makes it easier to have a class with them, and also makes it easier to teach them, she said. She is proud of all of them, no matter how rambunctious they may be. Addie Coombs, 9, said “I like Miss Grimes because she’s closer to our generation rather than someone older because she understands how our brains work and sympathize with us a bit more rather than an older teacher. She’s a great Spanish teacher, she doesn’t get in student’s faces about learning quickly or pronouncing words correctly all the time. She lets us learn at our own pace and kindly guides us through the mistakes we might make.”

Grimes thinks all of the schooling was worth it; she gets to do what she loves almost every day and make lots of friends out of it as well. Jaggers said, “Grimes is very young, open, and honest. I’ve learned a lot from her just from the few years she has been teaching at the school.” Many students often go to Grimes’s room on their lunches, EB’s and in between passing periods often times to just say hello. She is almost like another student in a way, just by the way other kids talk and laugh with her. 

Grimes’s teaching career is still fresh, and she hopes there are many more years. She loves meeting new students and helping them learn another language, she said. Coombs said, “She is really good at making sure you get your work done or that we make sure we understand the material that she would give us. Grimes would make sure to check in every once in a while to show that we are okay and not too stressed out, as a good teacher should.”

Profile: Grizzard details day in life of choir director

by Alex Smith/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Mr. Paul Grizzard directs Concert Choir during G2.

Choir director Paul Grizzard’s favorite dad joke is a new one. He hasn’t told it on stage yet: “A local man is addicted to drinking brake fluid. He says he can stop any time,” said Grizzard, who is known for dad jokes.

Isaac Kottlowski, 12, who is in the madrigal choir, said, “My favorite dad joke that Mr. Grizzard has told is ‘What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh!’”

Grizzard has been teaching at GC for four years. Prior to coming to Greenfield, he taught high school for ten years in Rushville. He has an identical twin brother named Mark, who lives in Illinois. Grizzard and Mark didn’t find out that they were identical twins until they were both 30 years old.

Grizzard started being a choir director when he was in high school. He really likes music and feels like that’s where his talent is. But when Grizzard was in college, he didn’t go into education. He got a Bachelor’s degree in music and math at Augustana College at Rock Island, IL. After college he went back to school at Ball State and got his teaching certificate. Grizzard taught in Boston, Massachusetts for a few years while he was getting licensed and he then taught at Rushville for ten years before coming here.

Grizzard said his favorite part of being a choir director is that he likes seeing kids who come their freshman year and graduate their senior year just to see how they grow up both as singers and as young adults.  He loves seeing the progress from start to finish.

Kottlowski said he admires Grizzard for several reasons. “My favorite thing about Mr. Grizzard is how he directs others to be able to be successful because what he’s been doing is he’s making me a leader to be able to make others leaders,” said Kottlowski.

Kottlowski continued, “I am going to miss the atmosphere because every choir is different. Even if I went to college for the Purdue Glee Club it’s going to be different because there won’t be anybody directing you by yourself.”

Accompanist David Hanson, who has worked with Grizzard for four years, said, “My favorite thing about Mr. Grizzard is that he is a perfectionist and he wants to get the best from his singers. We are both compatible and perfectionists and we both want to have the best musical productions ever.”

Hanson said, “My first impression of Mr. Grizzard was at an audition so it was kind of frightening but he put me at ease and told me what I needed to do.”

Grizzard said that he gets along pretty well with his students.“My most embarrassing moment as a teacher is that I remember being on stage announcing a song and I said ‘Okay their next song is…’ and I had a senior moment and I turned around and the kids told me what song we were singing next,” he said.

Grizzard said that his least favorite part of being a choir director is that motivation is tough. It’s hard to get kids excited to be doing things and riding the line between having a strict class and having fun. It’s always a tough balance, he said.

Kottlowski said, “My favorite part of being in choir is being able to sing with my peers and to have a fun time and to be engaged within the music. My least favorite part of being in choir is that sometimes when something goes wrong during a concert you have to adapt and overcome the circumstances of what may happen.”

Outside of teaching, Grizzard likes to go running, he likes to go to concerts with his wife, he likes taking his kids to places like the museum and the zoo, and he likes to work in his garage building little projects. Grizzard talked about how he balanced his work and home life. He said it was difficult these days because he has a five year and a two year old at home, that they require a lot of attention, and that it takes scheduling, and setting time aside for both work and family.

While Grizzard helps to inspire others, he also discussed people who have influenced him. Grizzard said, “My mentor is my mom because she inspired me to get into music and she is a strong woman. My father just passed away. Even though he is gone, she still mentors my family whenever we come to her.”

Speaking of family, choir is often like family for the students. Kottlowski said that his least favorite dad joke that Mr. Grizzard has told is when someone complains, he says, ‘Hi! I’m dad.’

Profile: Gibson has high expectations for tennis, baseball

By Kyler Rhoades/Staff Writer

Photo: Carson Gibson, 11, is up at bat against Southport in a game from last season. 

Greenfield-Central boasts several promising young athletes, and on that list, you will surely find Carson Gibson. Gibson, 11, is the shortstop for the varsity baseball team and is also a member of the varsity tennis team.

Gibson has had high expectations put on him as an athlete since day one of high school, as he played varsity baseball as a freshman. When asked about the experience, he admitted that he could feel the pressure. “When coach first had me in the starting lineup I was very nervous, but excited at the same time. Throughout my first couple games I struggled offensively but as time went on it became less of a challenge and I began to play in ways that I knew I was capable.” When Gibson put it all together, he became one of the best players in the conference, being named to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference baseball team as a sophomore.

The GC baseball team performed at a high level this past season, winning the conference outright, but were eliminated in the regional finals by Avon. This year, Gibson believes the Cougars could take it up a notch. “This year I believe we could do something very special. With many returning starters and a deeper pitching staff I think we could shock many people and make a huge name for ourselves in the state tournament, we’ve put in lots of hard work and I think we have a very strong team.” Gibson’s play will be a huge factor towards how the Cougars fare this season, and he says his goal is to help his team in any way to make sure they make a deep run.

Gibson’s teammates gave positive feedback about the shortstop, which was not surprising. Lance McKee, 11, said, “Carson is a good teammate and a guy who is going to push you to be the best you can be. His work ethic is impressive.”

Jaden McGee, 10, had similar thoughts, “Carson is a great teammate and someone you want on your roster. He works hard for everything he has and deserves the success he’s had. He helped lead us to a sectional and conference title, and will lead us to much more soon.”
Along with baseball, Carson is also a member of the boys tennis team. After playing in junior high, Gibson decided to return to the sport as a junior.

He talked about how he felt about season. “I really enjoyed playing tennis this year, and am satisfied with how I performed considering I hadn’t played since 7th grade. Despite getting knocked out in the second round of sectionals, I feel like this year was a huge step for me and the team going into next season.” Gibson ended up as one of the key pieces for the squad this past year.

Balancing school and sports can be difficult, but Gibson has had no problem doing so, and his 3.7 GPA confirms that. “Balancing school and sports can be very tough, but staying ahead in the classroom is what is most important. I always make sure that I’m done with my schoolwork before anything else.” Gibson has shown time and time again that he is much more than just an athlete.

With less than half of his high school experience remaining, Gibson is working hard to collect many more accolades and be the best student athlete he can be. Cougars fans should be excited and grateful to have a talent like Gibson.

Mrs. Fields: Teaching with Creativity

by Ella Maciel/Staff Writer

  It’s hard to put into words who the teacher Rebecca Fields is. She is creative, funny and a good person to be around. Being her student means having to get used to completing crazy assignments and projects, such as learning about tectonic plates experimenting on food.

“She is the best teacher ever,” said Nikki Thomas, junior, Rebecca Fields’ student in Earth Space Science class.

Born in Allen Park, Michigan, Ms. Fields moved to Warsaw, IN while she was still very young. Rebecca has four brothers and one sister – they were called The Fieldses. At the age of 13, playing with her brother she tried to cut off a branch – to hit him with it – using a box cutting knife, she accidentally stabbed herself in the knee. Later, at her senior camp at Warsaw High School, a freshman from her swim team tried to make a ‘joke’ and to ‘scare’ them by shooting up into the air. The boy apparently didn’t realize that eventually the bullets would go down. Out of all the people there,  the only one who got hit was her. Later in life she got stabbed – again – on her hand, as a defensive wound. You might think, how crazy is this, right? Although going through these unpleasant situations. Ms. Fields handles them with optimism. “The days are hell, but the year will be good. I can either let this ruin every single day of the rest of my life or I can work through this, and recognize that these days while I am working with this will be hell, but I have to because I am choosing not to make my whole life hell,” Fields said of her experiences. She added, True growth happens when you have no idea what’s going on.” 

She mentioned Dr. Jackson and Dr. Whitaker, who taught her ecology and zoology/biology at  IUPUI. She described them as fascinating people who made her love what they were teaching. “The classes I remember the most are the classes where I do things,” she said referring to their IUPUI classes.

She has been teaching at Greenfield-Central for 12 years now. The reason why Ms. Fields became a teacher is because she is good with people and has always been, she said, and that is why she may be considered a memorable teacher. One of the things she loves the most is her coworkers at the science department, whom she describes as knowledgeable and understanding friends who can always bring something different to her life.

Once her four kids become stable adults she plans on moving and going to new places. She wants to meet the Lord of The Ring’s world, New Zealand, travel with the All Blacks the best rugby team ever,” she noted; experience a shark cage, see the Game of Thrones landscapes and the list goes on. Until then she still has many years left in her educational career.

Creative is a great word to describe Rebecca Fields. You can see that in her classes, where she encourages her students to apply the things learned in class on projects you would never even think about doing. The best evidence of that is the way she sees life as an uncarved block. “You get a piece of marble, inside of that is one of the greatest sculptures ever. You just have to find it,” Fields said.

 

Profile: Mr. Henderson

by Austin Tserlentakis/Staff Writer

Mr. William Henderson is a business teacher, but that is not all. Henderson is also a veteran who served our country. Henderson started off his military career in the army by enlisting. Henderson said, “My father served during World War II and my brother also had just joined the army. In a way (I was) following my family’s footsteps, but I didn’t particularly leave myself any other option.” 

 His first days of service were almost like any other, but still different. The military put him on a bus, flew him to bootcamp, he got his uniform, and then he was right in the thick of it. It took a whole 16 weeks for the bootcamp to come to an end. Henderson said, “I had to learn my squad mates like the back of my hand.” He learned how to fire weapon systems, how to seek the enemy, and anything a reconnaissance job would do. The army staff handpicked all his training for his specific job,  everything that suited him best for reconnaissance, he said.

Henderson served in the first Gulf War in 1991. The first Gulf War was caused by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s longing for the oil reserves in Kuwait. Hussein attempted to justify it by saying that Kuwait initially belonged to Iraq. This is false as Kuwait was established before Iraq’s sovereignty. This caused an international uproar when Hussein started his siege with America being the loudest voice. The USA and allied forces gave Iraq a chance to stop, but they did not so the Gulf conflict ensued.

During his time in Iraq, the weather presented challenges. Iraq had up to 107 degree temperatures with the lowest being only 83 degrees. Henderson said, “I remember it feeling like the air was being sucked out of your lungs when you first arrived.” 

Henderson ended his last day of service on September 3, 2011. Going back into civilian life was a difficult thing for him. Henderson said, “The army in a way institutionalized me.” All his basic needs were provided for: housing, food, water, clothes, ect. They were all already there. Henderson said, “It was hard for me, but I came out as a better person.”

Henderson’s teaching style was also affected by the military. Teaching was difficult at first because of how different it was from the military, he said. Henderson said, “In the military troops will follow orders when told by their superiors, but kids and teenagers tend to be more difficult in following directions.” It has made him have a more strict and also a more disciplinary teaching style, he said.

All in all, Henderson stresses how much he just wants students to learn. Henderson said, “I really want to be a teacher to them. I want them to go out of my class and take that lesson we learned, and then turn it into something even greater.” 

 

Profile: Mrs. Laura Mann

Trinity Fields/Staff Writer

       Laura Mann is an algebra and geometry teacher. She also is an assistant coach for the girl’s soccer team. Her home life includes her son, daughter, and husband. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann has a very busy life. She has many things she has to do throughout the day. However, she finds a way to balance her teaching, family, and soccer life. 

        Mrs. Mann has a supportive husband that takes care of their kids, and she likes to plan. Mrs. Mann said, “ I plan out my schedule and I make sure I have time for everything. I would say I am organized.” 

    So why did Mrs. Mann become a math teacher? The answer is simple. She loves math. She has loved math all of her life. Mrs. Mann said, “My favorite thing  about being a teacher is getting to know the students.” She teaches geometry and algebra. She said, “I enjoy teaching algebra over geometry.”

    What inspired Mrs. Mann to teach? She went to college to study engineering. In her senior year of college, one of the soccer head coaches asked her to help him coach the girl’s varsity soccer team. After coaching the team, she realized she wanted to teach. So she finished her senior year, then she got into teaching. Now she is a high school math teacher.

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. She said they are amazing. Mrs. Mann said the best part about teaching them is, “I like to help them develop their problem-solving skills. I like to teach them, and watch them learn. For example, I taught my son, Brody, how to share with others.” Mrs. Mann said the hardest part about raising her kids is, “Letting my kids make mistakes so they can learn from them.” 

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. Does she want to have anymore kids? Mrs. Mann has had two miscarriages. So she doesn’t think emotionally that is her path to take; however she said she would like to adopt. She said, “My husband and I have been thinking about adopting a baby in the future. I wouldn’t want to adopt now, but possibly in the future.” She continued, “Someone asked me what I would do if I had all of the money in the world, and I said I would adopt all of the babies in the world.” Mrs. Mann loves babies.

    Mrs. Mann likes soccer, and we know this because she is an assistant coach. She played soccer from the ages of three to 18. Her son plays soccer, and her daughter will play soccer when she turns eighteen months. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann is definitely a soccer mom.

    Emma Denny, 9, is a current student in Mrs. Mann’s class. Denny said, “My favorite thing about Mrs. Mann’s class is how Mrs. Mann helps us one on one if we need it.” Denny added, “She is a good teacher because she makes sure the class fully understand something and she is very involved.” 

    Mya Wilcher, 9, is a former student of Mrs. Mann. Wilcher considers this the most memorable part of Mrs. Mann’s class, ”All of the jokes everyone made that would make everyone, including Mrs. Mann, laugh.” Wilcher continued, “I enjoyed Mrs. Mann’s class very much. Mrs. Mann is a good teacher because she taught efficiently and was able to connect with the students.”