Meet your teacher: Michelle Mapes-Hewitt

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Grade/Subject at what school: Sixth grade language arts, Westfield Intermediate School

Number of years teaching: 21

Background/Schooling (college & high school):

Daleville High School.

B.S. elementary education, Ball State University.

M.A. education, Ball State University.

Why did you become a teacher? “I believe I became a teacher because of all of the wonderful educators I had growing up. Most of my teachers had their own special way of connecting with me on a personal level. I appreciated their guidance and knowledge, which helped navigate me through high school.”

What goals do you have for your students? “The goals that I have for my students are truly very simple: Be kind, be honest, learn something each day and enjoy life.”

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? “I encourage parents to designate a specific time and place for completing homework. I also encourage parents to take a small step back from their child’s school responsibilities and allow him or her to take initiative of their learning and assignments.”

Name your favorite movie. “‘For the Love of the Game’”

Name your favorite musician or band. “My favorite all-time band is Journey.”

What’s something your students might not know about you?

“I am addicted to the show ‘Ghost Adventures.’ I desperately want to be part of their team.”

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