The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - SARA SUCKSTORFF GRADE 6 MATH/SCIENCE

Sara Suckstorff firmly be­lieves that stu­dents should feel safe, re­spected and chal­lenged while in school. “I work hard to be a very pos­i­tive and re­li­able mem­ber of the Crestwood com­mu­nity. I care deeply about my stu­dents’ well-be­ing and hope that is ap­par­ent in all my ac­tions. I set high ex­pec­ta­tions for my stu­dents and know that I must demon­strate that same work ethic and co­op­er­a­tive ded­i­cated be­hav­iour,” she says. As a math and science teacher, Suckstorff looks to make th­ese sub­jects in­ter­est­ing, en­gag­ing and re­lat­able for her stu­dents. “I also want stu­dents to be ex­cited to come to my classes – you can get much more out of stu­dents if they en­joy be­ing there,” she says, who of­ten in­cor­po­rates ac­tiv­i­ties that get her stu­dents mov­ing around the class­room and work­ing co­op­er­a­tively. Suckstorff was mo­ti­vated to be­come an ed­u­ca­tor be­cause she had a de­sire to make a pos­i­tive im­pact. A few years ago, Suckstorff had a stu­dent who was strug­gling with de­pres­sion and was hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts. The stu­dent reached out to the school coun­sel­lor, and Suckstorff later learned that the stu­dent listed her as a trusted adult whom she could turn to for help. “It was a pow­er­ful re­minder that a teacher’s role is of­ten much big­ger than de­liv­er­ing lessons or mark­ing home­work.”

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