“Mr. B.,” as he is often called by his students, has taught sixth grade social studies for 24 years, with multiple stints of teaching science and language arts for several years.
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“Once we get that relationship down, the learning part happens easily,” Marseilles Elementary kindergarten teacher Lindsey Johnson said. “This last year, I love coming in because I get so many hugs. I treat them just like family, like little people.”
The kids at McKinley Elementary spent the month of March buzzing about their brackets, but very few of them were talking about the NCAA basketball tournaments taking place.
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John Hladovcak can’t find a mechanic’s shop in Ottawa or Streator that doesn’t have at least one former student of his in its employ, a trend that continues as he shows Ottawa High School students the ins-and-outs of automotive repair.
As a student, she kept color-coded notes so, yes, Brittany Rynkewicz expects her students to be diligent. But the St. Bede English teacher also wants her kids to unlock their imagination and have fun.
‘Combination of teaching practicality, experience and fun,’ Amy Walsh wraps up her final year teaching kindergartners
Harding Grade School kindergarten teacher Amy Walsh’s career began 34 years ago in the late 1980s when perms and teased hair were popular. She plans to retire after this school year.
Seneca High School science teacher Terry Maxwell leads in the classroom, on the football field and in advocating for nature with students.
The Streator High School English teacher and library media coordinator likes the idea of giving students something they can look forward to.