Student and Teacher of the Month 2018-2019

Student and Teacher of the Month 2018-2019
Posted on 10/01/2018
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Student Questions:
1. What do you want to do after graduating from Nathan Hale?
2. What is the most important lesson you have learned in your time at Nathan Hale.
3. What is your favorite Hale Memory?
4.  What is one thing people don't know about you that you would like them to know?

Teacher Questions:
1. Why did you become a teacher?
2.  What inspires you to be a better teacher?
3.  What is the most important lesson you hope to teach your students?
4. What it your favorite memory at Nathan Hale?

APRIL

Student:  Victoria Williams

Student Answers:
1.  I'm planning on going to the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and I am majoring in jewelry/Arts and design. 

2.  The most important lesson I've learned would be that life shouldn't be about ONLY getting prepared for the next big thing such as college or getting a job. You should also appreciate your life in the moment.

3.  My favorite hale memory is spending time as a mentor for the special needs homeroom.

4.   One thing people don't know that I'd like them to know about me is that I plan on traveling to France and living there for the rest of my life. 

Teacher: Ms. Julie Andersen

Teacher Answers:

1.  I decided to be a teacher because I want to help students become the best versions of themselves.  In this profession I've met so many wonderful people and I learn from them every single day.  Education is so important and I felt I could contribute to the growing  minds of our future.

2.  When I see students make progress and are proud of themselves, it reminds me of why I went into teaching.  Whenever I can make a positive impact on anyone's live, it encourages me to keep going and work harder to become a better teacher and person.

3.  If my students learn anything, I want them to learn that they are capable of so much.  I want students to take risks and learn from mistakes while keeping a positive attitude. 

4.  I will remember each and every one of my students. They've made an impact on my life and I learn so much from them every day.

 

 

MARCH

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Student:  Angelique Goetzke

Teacher: Ms. Kari Kratochwill

Student Answers:

1.  I would love to go to college. 2.  To strive for the best 3.   My favorite memory is choir 4.   I love to sing but I’m scared to sing in front of people

Teacher Answers:

1.  My decision to become a Special Education teacher was greatly influenced by time spent with my step niece who has an intellectual disability. I volunteered in her classroom and with Special Olympics all through high school and college. It was also influenced by the struggles I went through as a student and all the amazing teachers who helped support me to get where I wanted to be. Having those relationships with teachers might have been the only reason I made it to college in the first place.
2.   What inspires me is seeing the changes students make year to year. I have really enjoyed seeing my students grow and mature from freshman to senior year. Being able to be there for my students and support them when needed is a really great part of my job. I am also inspired by the amazing professionals I get to work with each day. We are all here for the same reasons and that is truly a bond that not many "outsiders (non teachers)" understand.
3.  Things are not always going to be easy. But giving up is the only way to ensure that you will never make it.
4.  Getting to see my students walk across the stage at graduation!




FEBRUARY

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Student:  Kobe Xiong
Teacher: Ms. Anne Xiong

Student Answers:

1.   After graduating from Nathan Hale I want to attend a 4-year college. Specifically, I want to attend UW-Madison for their engineering program. In the engineering field I will be studying about Computer/Software 
Engineering.  2.  The most important lesson I have learned at Nathan Hale is to not be afraid to ask for assistance. I was not a social person; I was shy to ask for help. However, many of the teachers here at Nathan Hale are welcoming and willing to help students if they need it.  3.  My favorite Hale memory would be the preparation of our first ever Multicultural Day. The first time Hale has ever done this event was during my Sophomore Year. I had plenty of fun helping out with the preparations for the event. In addition, witnessing a collection of cultural performances at Hale.   

4.  My first priority is school and my education. However, during my free time (aside from studying) I do play video games with some of my cousins. I grew up playing video games only for fun.
Teacher Answers:

1. My high school art teacher instilled the love of art and the love of learning in me, she inspired me to become a teacher. 2. My students inspire me to become a better teacher, and an ever changing teacher. The admin team also inspires me as a teacher, I feel supported and valued...and that inspires me to be better. 3. hope to teach compassion to my students on a daily basis, and that human interaction and relationships are important. 4. My favorite memory from Nathan Hale are the kids that graduate and the friendships that continue as they become adults post high school. It's the most fun when they get married and I'm invited to their wedding.....it's the best!

JANUARY
bukowskiStudent: Paige Rutowski
Teacher: Ms. Debra Bukowski

Student Answers: 1. Go to college 2. It’s not that bad 3. Having only two days of school because of the snow days 4. I have a dog, his name is Max . Teacher Answers: 1. 12th this year, but all 9-12 at times. 2. I had so many inspirational teachers throughout my life so I wanted to make an impact on others as they had made on me. 3. Students and staff both inspire me. When I see other teachers motivating students to do great things, I want to do those as well. My students also inspire me because I don't want to let them down. I want to be the best possible teacher I can be because every student deserves a quality education. 4. Normally, I would say something about my content, such as reading or writing, but more and more I see the value in grit and work ethic. Students who can fail and rise again each time will always be successful. 5. There are too many to choose just one. I am always impressed by the small kindnesses I see around me. For example, it never fails that when I arrive in the morning, my arms full of bags, that a student will hold the door open for me. It's a small gesture of kindness, but it never ceases to make me happy that someone has taught them to be polite.

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Student: Katrina St. Clair

Teacher:  Ms. Cathrine Agnew-Gregory

 

Student: Katrina St. Clair

1.  Go to College

2.  People are actually pretty accepting

3.  My AP Human Geography class in freshman year with Ms. Misiak

4.  I love animals)

 

Teacher: Ms. Agnew-Gregory

1.  I love science and kids...perfect fit. (I also didn't have the stomach to become a veterinarian...my first idea for a major in college.)

2.  The connections with my kids. They surprise me everyday with their questions. I loved my science teachers in high school and remember high school as being a challenge. My goal is to support my kiddos in this sometimes awkward stage of their lives.
3.  Never give up and enjoy life...and try to "do a little bit more" (one of my tattoos!)
4. Lame answer, but I don't have just one. What makes Nathan Hale such a great place to work are the people - both staff and students!


November
Student: Killian Petersonbell

Teacher: Ms. Bell





 Student: Killian Peterson

1.  After graduating from Nathan Hale, I want to be in a career related to art because art is something I've been passionate about my whole life. Because art is such a broad subject, though, I don't know exactly what I'll be, but ideally I'd like to create something that changes the world for the better.

2.  In my freshman year I did not participate in any extracurricular activities which left me isolated for a while. This year, though, I'm a mentor and in art club. I'm very grateful for being part of something because in mentoring I get to practice presenting to freshmen each week which will help me become less shy, and in art club I get to express myself with the support of friends and teachers. I think all freshmen should definitely join a club---it doesn't have to be more than one---so you'll feel more of a part of the school!

3.  I can think of many moments at Hale that I like, but my favorite memory at Hale was when I created a painting for my English class and the class reacted very positively to it. It meant the world to me to have other students understand the ideas I put into it. I love having art connected to learning because art really puts a deeper meaning into what we learn at school.

4.   I would like people to know that I'm very kind, creative, and I love to learn. I think it is the best thing for a person to be kind, since it benefits yourself and others at the same time. Even simple acts of kindness, like helping someone with school work or giving them a complement are powerful; I know this because simple things like that have made my day multiple times. Art is a way I get to express myself, and I suppose it's a form of kindness to myself. I have liked art since I was a child (and it's probably because of my very artistic mom) and I started to take it seriously as a hobby of mine in 6th grade. All that practice since then has really taken me further than I expected and I would always take the opportunity to expand what I know in art. I love to learn new things because I get to use those ideas in my life and understand things I never thought I would. Learning just lets you find more beauty in the world. :)

Teacher: Ms. Bell

1.  I've always loved learning and loved languages. I wasn't happy in my office job and decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I love working with students and other teachers. I love being able to use my degrees. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

2.  My colleagues and my students. I learn from and am inspired by them all the time.

 

3. Don't be afraid to try! We all make mistakes. Making mistakes means you're trying and learning.

4. It's my first year here at Hale, but not my first in WAWM. I have many fond memories and am so glad to be back here after a year in MPS. WAWM has been a wonderful and supportive place for me to be a teacher. I'm very grateful. 

OCTOBER
Student: Nolyn Feather
Teacher: Ms. Ellery

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Student Name:  Nolyn Feather
1. Go to college to study international studies.
2.  Repetition without improvement is a waste of time. 3. Going to Europe with the AP classes trip.
4. I can walk with my feet at more than a 90 degree angle turned to the side.

Teacher Name: Ms. Ellery

1.  To teach non-fiction and grammar. J/K. I had many great teachers in my public schools and I always admired how they managed to create (and maintain!) a sense of wonder for topics that normally may not interest their students. There's a kind of magic in helping people see things in our world, in our community, and in ourselves that we may not have otherwise noticed. It's really an honor to be able to do this kind of work year after year.
2.  My students and my colleagues
3.  No matter how much you think you know, there is always more to learn. No matter how good you think you are, you can always be better.
4.  My favorite Hale memories are those that happen outside our school walls: traveling to Europe with students, making donuts and candles with students for various fundraisers, NHS students planning an ice skating outing and then not showing up so the two advisers (my now-husband and me) would be forced on
a first date.

SEPTEMBER
Student: Maggie Marcinkiewicz
Teacher: Ms. Welch-Flayter


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Student Answers:
1. I plan on attending UW-Stout and pursuing a BFA in Video Game Art and Development.
2. Even if you are a nobody for the first 3 years your senior year can bring out the best in you. Always stay determined to excel at what you love.
3.The Nashville band trip during my freshman year.
4. Nothing to be honest.

Teacher: Ms. Welch-Flayter

Teacher Answers: 

1. My high school art teacher instilled the love of art and the love of learning in me, she inspired me to become a teacher. 
2. My students inspire me to become a better teacher, and an ever changing teacher. The admin team also inspires me as a teacher, I feel supported and valued...and that inspires me to be better. 
3. I hope to teach compassion to my students on a daily basis, and that human interaction and relationships are important.
4. My favorite memory from Nathan Hale are the kids that graduate and the friendships that continue as they become adults post high school. It's the most fun when they get married and I'm invited to their wedding.....it's the best!