Meet the Teacher:
Miss Middendorf

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have wanted to be a teacher. My two younger sisters (Erin and Sara) and neighbors were guinea pigs to numerous games of "school" as we were growing up. Most of my early education (3rd grade - 12th grade) was spent in the Lakota School District. I have many fond memories of my time spent there, and I am always grateful for the privilege to work in such a fine school district.

For college, I attended Miami University and received a degree in Elementary Education (grades 1-8) with concentrations in the areas of math, science, and social studies. I student taught in a 5th grade classroom at Independence Elementary in Lakota. After graduating, I began substitute teaching in Lakota mostly at Woodland Elementary and Independence Elementary. I also worked in the evenings at Sylvan Learning Center for four years implementing their reading, writing, math, and study skills programs as well as doing some homework support in Algebra, Geometry, and Spanish I. It was interesting to work with so many different age groups.  Having three students at a time working on different subjects helped me develop my classroom management skills.

After a year of subbing, I obtained a position at Independence Elementary teaching computer lab to students in grades 1-6, where I stayed for five years. I would see each class once a week for fifty minutes and designed lessons to expose students to technology while integrating it into what they were learning in the classroom. Some technology topics that we covered were Internet safety; search strategies; citing resources; using the Internet, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word; and making basic web pages using Netscape Composer.

A few years into teaching computer lab I obtained my Master's degree in Integrating Technology into the K-12 Curriculum.  In 2007, I was transferred to Heritage Elementary where I taught computer lab for one more year to 3rd - 6th grade. I also worked part-time at Thinkronize evaluating sites to be added to netTrekker,
a safe search engine for kids.

Most recently, I taught 5th grade for five years. I loved the curriculum, particularly teaching the subject of math. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to teach Title I Math to 2nd through 6th grade, I was very excited. Due to my background, I use technology within a lot of my lessons. Technology is a great tool for facilitating learning by making it more hands-on and interactive. Using technology also is a natural activity for many kids, so its use in the classroom makes learning more relevant to their everyday lives.

On a more personal note, my favorite things to do in my free time are read, play on the computer, and watch television. My favorite books are Holes, the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games series, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Erye. I have two younger sisters, Erin and Sara. Erin teaches 7th grade science at Plains Junior, and Sara has a degree from Miami in English/Journalism with a minor in Spanish. I also have a dog named Griffin. He is a golden retriever-chow mix.

I love teaching


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