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Teacher of the Day

Name: Sharon Winter

School: Our Lady of Hope / St. Luke School

Subject: Early Childhood / Elementary Subjects

State:  Maryland

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

I always wanted to be a teacher. As a small child, I would make my brothers and sisters sit at school and I would be their teacher. Even my oldest brother, who was 18 at the time would sit and listen to the teacher (ME). When I entered grade 3, my teacher, Mrs. Demback, was a great teacher and an inspiration to me. She was kind, nurturing and understanding of those who needed extra help.

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

Technology for one has become a big part of the classroom. Today, students come into the classroom knowing what a computer is and how to use one. Also blogging and teacher collaboration is huge. Blogging with other teachers is a great way to exchange ideas, teaching strategies and so much more.

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

First I would have to say to a new or struggling teacher is to stay consistent with your students as far as discipline and classroom rules, classroom routines and to save everything you create because you will need it again someday.

My best day in the classroom was when…

Monsignor Lizor stopped by to tell me that he recently met a prior student of mine who graduated from high school recently. He told me that the student recognized him from when she went to St. Lukes and that she said that I was the best teacher she ever had...I was her pre-K teacher. To know that I touched someone's life like that and for her to remember me after so long was truly a wonderful moment for me in my teaching career.

The best compliment I ever received was...

When one of my students said that I was the best person he ever met. I asked him why, and he said, because "You never get mad at me when I mess up."

What's your favorite part of the school year?

I would think that it would be at Thanksgiving when my students and parents help with the food pantry at our school. We collect non-perishable food items and donate them to the needy in our community. Everyone does a tremendous job and the students talk about it for days. I know that they feel good about themselves for doing something good.

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

Promethean Board

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Usually a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit when time permits, sometimes a donut and a cup of coffee.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

Andy Griffith

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