PTA launches Teacher of the Month feature

This year, the PTA will be highlighting one elementary school and one middle school-high school teacher each month as part of its Teacher of the Month feature. 

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Jen Joanette

K-2 AIS Teacher

How did you come to be a teacher? What drew you to this grade or discipline you teach?

I recently became a teacher after years of being a secretary. I obtained my teaching degree from SUNY Potsdam in 2003 and had always hoped that one day I would fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. I currently work as an elementary K-2 AIS teacher.

 What do you think is most important for me to know about you? 

I am very family-oriented and I love what I do. I strive to make my students’ succeed.

What are your interests outside of teaching? What do you do in your spare time? 

I love spending time with my family, going to my kids sporting events, family cookouts, and spending time outside.

What is your greatest strength or quality? 

I am a good listener and organized.

How do you turn a student’s weaknesses into strengths? 

I strive to teach my students at their ability, reteach when necessary, and provide many hands-on activities including manipulatives to turn those weaknesses into strengths.

Tell us about your family and where you are from?

I was born and raised in Heuvelton, so I have always been a Bulldog. I am married to my husband, Tommy and I have two children, Jada (4th grade) and Seth (2nd grade).

Why did you choose Heuvelton to teach at? 

I chose Heuvelton because I love the community I grew up in and I know many of the families in this school district. I also love teaching here because my kids and nieces and nephews attend Heuvelton.

What career would you adopt if not teaching? 

Since I also have a business degree, I would probably have a job in an office setting. I have been a secretary and didn’t mind that type of work.

What do you like most about teaching? 

Teaching is very rewarding. I love seeing my students make progress. 

What are the challenges of education?

Technology and electronics are a couple challenges to education. I feel many children do not pick up books and pencils/paper as much as we used to because of the games, etc.

Are you satisfied with your profession?

I am satisfied and love what I do! 

How would you like to spend your life in the future? 

I would like to retire from Heuvelton and follow my kids in their future endeavors.

 

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Julie Madlin

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

How did you come to be a teacher? What drew you to this grade or discipline you teach? 

I love history and wanted to share my love for it with kids. 

What do you think is most important for me to know about you? 

I like to learn new things and I never teach the same lesson twice. 

What are your interests outside of teaching? What do you do in your spare time? 

I enjoy reading, singing, and boating on the St. Lawrence River.

What is your greatest strength or quality? 

I have a positive attitude and I don't give up. 

How do you turn a student’s weaknesses into strengths? 

I like to focus on the positive and offer choice in how students prove what they know.

Tell us about your family and where you are from? 

I grew up in Ogdensburg. I'm from a LARGE Irish Catholic family. 

Why did you choose Heuvelton to teach at? 

I student-taught here and really liked the atmosphere.

What career would you adopt if not teaching?

I would be an archivist in a library or museum. 

What do you like most about teaching? 

I like seeing kids get excited about their learning.

What are the challenges of education? 

Challenges include mandates from people who have never been in a classroom. 

Are you satisfied with your profession? 

Yes, I love what I do. 

How would you like to spend your life in the future?

I plan to concentrate on running the newly opened Ogdensburg History Museum and continuing as the Ogdensburg City Historian.