HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - September's Teacher of the Month is Glenda Roach who teaches second grade at Harrisburg Elementary School. Nineteen years can go by pretty quick when you are shaping young minds.
Roach, "I started out my first year in 3rd grade, then I moved to first grade for five years and then I moved to second grade and have been here ever since."
Roach says she got a late start in her teaching career. Her love of teaching at Sunday School and Girl Scouts and a need for a job as a single parent led to education.
Roach, "And I really just liked working with kids because kids are so loveable and you want to make a difference in their lives."
Her nomination letter describes her as "nice, kind and compassionate." What does she think of her career and what challenges does she face with a classroom of 2nd graders every day?
Roach says an important factor in second grade involves more than just reading words.
"They have to learn how to comprehend what they are reading in their academics."
"So how do you teach that? I asked. "What's your style?"
Roach, "You have to step in and let them know who's boss. But you have to be flexible because you never know from one minute to the next what's going to happen when you've got kids involved. I'd say I'm an interactive teacher. I let the kids get involved in what they are doing. Using manipulatives and a hands-on style."
Watching and listening to the students, you can really tell Roach is getting through to them. Each raised hand to read, means what she is teaching is working. Light bulbs go off everywhere.
"When your students leave?" I asked Mrs. Roach; "Do you feel like you have reached your daily goals?"
"When they leave here and they say, "Goodbye Ms. Roach, see you in the morning!" with a smile on their face, then I guess I know I've done my job that day. That's when it makes me feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be. I'm doing my job like I'm supposed to be doing."
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