CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Rachel Christensen, World Language teacher at Crystal Lake South High School & our DCEMBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!
"Mrs. Christensen is a candidate for Teacher of the Month because she is passionate about Spanish, is kind to all students, is a fantastic teacher, and really makes an effort to know her students on a personal level. Sra. Che (as us students call her) is passionate about Spanish because her face lights up every time the bell rings, signaling the start of class. She has mastered the language and her vivacious spirit is contagious. She is also kind to everyone, I mean everyone! She is the most accepting teacher I have ever had and sees the good in ALL students. If a student is too busy to do an assignment, she does not admonish them. She says, "EstÃ¡ bien. Entiendo." (Its okay, I understand) She is a teacher who truly wants her students to learn Spanish and to have fun doing it. From Twiccionario (Spanish "tweets") to fun review games, every time I step through her classroom door, I know she will make me smile and I will learn something new. If is student is struggling, Sra. Che makes herself available. Anytime somebody has a question, she wants to hear it and help them out. Furthermore, she connects with her students more so than my other teachers. Every day she asks how we are feeling. When she asks us about what is going on in our lives, she truly cares. She wants to be invested in our lives. I know that if I am ever struggling with something outside of school, she would be the first teacher I would talk to. She is by far my favorite teacher ever, and I hope everyone else sees how blessed they are to be in her class." - Student, Dakota
“Nights” Star 105.5 DJ, Clinto…Letter writer, Dakota Bliler…Teacher, Ms. Rachel Christensen…Home State Banking Center Manager, Kathy Wizniak
Dakota, Ms. Christensen & Kathy Wizniak
Group pic with school administrators
CONGRATULATIONS to November Home State Bank “Teacher of the Month” with Star 105.5 - Ms. Beverly Smith Language Arts/Reading teacher from Heineman Middle School
"Mrs. Smith is one of the nicest teachers I know. For starters she isn’t an out of the book teacher, she takes the moral lesson from the book then turns it into a creative lesson. She also has fun stories to tie to the lesson plan. For example when we finished Hatchet we played a game called “Guess what’s in the Teacher’s Head”. The way the game works is you are given three topics and you have to think about what Mrs. Smith would say. She also makes a point that parents aren’t the only ones you can go to if you have a problem. Mrs. Smith is also the head of our student council and is writing her own book as well. She has inspired my friends to be a teacher just like her. She also shares the books she reads with us and keeps us updated with new books that she likes. She helped comfort almost everyone on the first day of school and makes them laugh everyday. I know that everyone in my literacy including me always looks forward to literacy at the end of the day. So those reasons and many more is why Mrs. Smith should be teacher of the month." - Kiersten
Letter writer, Kiersten Hornberg, teacher, Ms. Beverly Smith, & Home State Banking Center Supervisor, Bobbie Novak
Teacher, Ms. Beverly Smith, & her group of students.