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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Julie Pettibone

School:  Summit Middle School

Subjects:  ED teacher (all core subjects)

State:  Indiana

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

I truly wanted to make a change in the world. What better place than to inspire and change our youth?

How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

I think the requirement of supplying data to support our interventions is better for students and teachers. However, I think placing emphasis on student data to determine my evaluation creates much more pressure. There are too many variables out of my control.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

I would tell a new or struggling teacher to use her or his support system within their school building or area of specialty. Always remain calm, have a plan and be positive!

My best day in the classroom was when…

...there are just too many to say. I have surpassed the average years for a teacher of students with emotional disabilities. I hit my 20th anniversary this May teaching ED students.

The best compliment I ever received was...

...that I "am warm and fuzzy."

What's your favorite part of the school year?

Every day is my favorite part of year!

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?

My laptop

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

I drink lots of coffee on the way to work. I like to be at my desk by 6 a.m.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

"Grey's Anatomy"


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