Name: Pam Pickett
Grade/subject at what school: Fourth grade, Carey Ridge Elementary School
Number of years teaching: 25
Background/schooling (college and high school):
Westfield High School, Westfield.
Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Ball State University, Muncie.
Master’s degree in education, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Why did you become a teacher? I always wanted to be a teacher, even way back in elementary school. I think it had to do with a wonderful teacher I had in third grade, Mrs. Wimmer. I loved spending time at recess talking to her about what she did. She always inspired me to do my best in everything.
What goals do you have for your students? One goal I always have for my students every year is for them to realize mistakes are part of life. Everyone makes mistakes, so they shouldn’t be upset by them. The important thing is to learn from those mistakes.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? One thing parents can do to help their children is to instill a love of reading. They can do this by showing an interest in the books they read. Take them to the library on a regular basis. Ask them about books they have read at home and at school. Read books with them and to them. Show them reading is important.
Name your favorite movie. “The Wizard of Oz”
Name your favorite musician or band. I don’t really have a favorite.
What’s something your students might not know about you?
I played the clarinet in the Shamrock Showband at Westfield High School and went on to play in the Ball State Marching Band in college. It was a great experience!