PTA Teachers of the Month: November

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 Gray, Middle School English

 

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

I became a teacher after realizing that running an at-home daycare was not for me. I knew I wanted to work with children, so I sought out opportunities in schools before going back to school as an adult learner to become a teacher. I literally ended up in middle school by chance, but I truly enjoy every moment and can't imagine teaching anywhere else.  

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

I look forward to each day as an opportunity to try new things or reach someone on a different level. 

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

Outside of teaching I spend a lot of time with my family. I like to take advantage of the opportunities provided locally, especially spending time on the St. Lawrence River and at our camp in the Adirondacks. 

What is your greatest strength or quality?

I think my understanding and empathetic nature are my strongest attributes, they allow me to connect with students and colleagues. 

Tell us about your family and where you are from?

I am from Lisbon and I have raised three children alongside my husband. Now we are empty-nesters with a 5-month-old GoldenDoodle. 

What career would you adopt if not teaching?

If I was not teaching I would probably work in a public setting of some sort, maybe retail or food service. I like working with people.

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

My plan for the future is to travel and just enjoy life as it happens. 

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Aimee Flynn, Kindergarten

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

My fifth grade teacher at Heuvelton, Miss Savino, and art teacher, Sally Hartman, inspired me to become a teacher. They were so caring and always made learning fun.

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

I’ve always loved the early primary grades and kindergartners are a joy! They come in each day excited to learn all about the world around them. Watching their faces light up the first time they read a sentence is amazing.

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

Outside of teaching, I love to paint, read, walk my dogs and kayak.

What is your greatest strength or quality?

I try hard to be patient and loving with my students and hope this is one of my greatest strengths. 

Tell us about your family and where you are from?

I am a Heuvelton graduate and loved my years as an HCS Bulldog. To teach here now feels like coming home. My husband and I have two wonderful children, Matthew II and Samantha, and we are so very proud of them.

What career would you adopt if not teaching?

If I was ever to choose a career other than teaching it would be an author/ illustrator.

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

In the future I hope to spend time traveling and painting, when I’m not working with children.