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Model Teachers: 3rd Grade

Model TeacherModel TeacherName: Olivia Anderson
Grade: 2nd Grade
School: Palmer Elementary
Years Taught: 3


What do you most love about teaching?
The thing that I love most about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love learning about each child’s strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, and their thinking process.  These relationships allow me to connect with my students on an individual level so we can celebrate their academic achievements as well as push through any struggles throughout the school year together.

What makes NNPS a great school division?
NNPS is a great school division because of the people, the resources, and the support team.  Whether you are in a classroom, a team planning meeting, or at a professional development, there is always a friendly face nearby who shares my enthusiasm and passion for education.  NNPS also provides its teachers with excellent resources. One of my favorite resources is the online curriculum, where teachers can go to for lesson ideas and pacing guides. Additionally, the support team at NNPS is phenomenal.  The instructional coaches, mentors, grade level leads, administrative personnel, and information technology staff are always available to assist NNPS teachers in any way they can.

What two words best describe you as a teacher? Why?
The two words that best describe me as a teacher are determined and positive.  I am determined to be the best teacher that I can be for my students, which means I am always willing to learn and try new things!  I am also a very positive teacher with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for education.  My positivity allows me to stay focused throughout the year on the important things and also helps my students and colleagues stay positive too!


Model TeacherName: Emily Voss
Grade: 2nd Grade
School: Carver Elementary
Years Taught:


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