English Language Arts, Sleepy Eye Public High School

What inspired you to become a teacher?

“I had a few exceptional teachers while I was in school. They helped me find my own potential and taught me the values of hard work and positive personal relationships,” Addison said. “As I matured, I learned that many young people need important adult figures in their lives to bring out the best in them and inspire them; I hope I can fill that role in some students’ lives.” 

What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?

Addison said what is most challenging about being a teacher is starting off without knowing the students.

“It’s difficult to develop lessons and keep kids focused if I don’t know their names, strengths or interests!” Addison said, adding that the challenge is resolved with time.

What teaching moment is most memorable?

“While I was student teaching a student wrote a very interesting short story and dedicated it to me. I was touched and I felt like I was doing something right!” 

More about Addison

Age 26

Experience: Substitute teaching at Springfield and Mountain Lake Public Schools.

Education: A bachelor of arts in Communication Studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a bachelor of arts in Secondary English from Iowa State University.

Hometown: Reinbeck, Iowa

Family: Husband, Phil, dog, Scout and cat, Scooter.