Name: Michelle Snyder
Grade/Subject at what school: First Grade, Shamrock Springs Elementary School
Number of years teaching: 15
Background/Schooling (college and high school):
Highland High School, Anderson, Ind.
B.S. Elementary Education, Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.
M.A Education Administration, Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.
Why did you become a teacher? Teaching is in my blood! My dad was an elementary school principal. Thus, I spent a lot of time at school. I always enjoyed that time. During high school, I spent my summers working for the local parks department. That’s truly when I knew I wanted to become a teacher. I really enjoyed being around and helping the children. It was nice to feel like I was making a difference in their lives. I became a teacher to make a difference.
What goals do you have for your students? I encourage my students to always do their personal best and to strive to be better. I have high expectations and my students really try to meet those expectations. My main goal is for my students to grow as much as possible academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally while in my class.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? It is important to spend time really talking with your child. Teach them things in their natural environment. You can teach things no matter where you are – in the car, at the store, taking a walk, etc. Quality time is what really matters.
Name your favorite movie. My favorite movie is “The Notebook.”
Name your favorite musician or band. I listen to various types of music. It depends on my mood. A few artists I enjoy are Chris Tomlin, Tim McGraw, Pink and Lifehouse.
What’s something your students might not know about you? In high school, I was a majorette and marched and performed in the Disney World parade!