Allison Santaella, Second grade, Sleepy Eye Public School

What inspired you to become a teacher?

“I love working with people, especially children. I want to make a difference and have an impact in young people’s lives.” 

What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?

Allison said one of the most challenging things about being a teacher is trying to meet all of your students’ needs.

“Everyone needs a different kind of attention and it can be difficult at times to make sure everyone is getting exactly what they need.” 

What teaching moment is most memorable?

Allison said anytime a students grasps a concept they have been struggling with is a memorable teaching moment.

“I cherish those moments because you know how hard they have worked and it is great to see it finally click for them,” she added.

More about Allison

Age 22

Experience: Student taught third grade in New Ulm this past spring.

Education: Allison graduated in May with dual degrees from Valley City State University and North Dakota State University in Elementary Education and Human Development Family Science respectively.

Hometown: New Ulm

Family: Husband, Robert, who works for Brown County, parents and siblings also live in New Ulm.