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Teacher Spotlight: Michelle Treese

Friday, August 30, 2019  
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Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science – Mathematics from Truman State University
Art (Printmaking) Minor – Truman State University
Master of Arts of Teaching – Lindenwood University 
This is Michelle's 6th year as a teacher at IWA.

1. A. Things That I Like:  I like a slow morning sitting outside with a cup of coffee and a good book! B. Things That I Don't Like: I do not like black olives.

2. What is your favorite thing about your career? I love the variety teaching offers in regards to classes and students.  I love getting to know different students each year and learning the different dynamics of each class.  I also love being able to teach Algebra and Geometry. I enjoy being able to teach the different subjects and levels.  It may be similar material I teach every year but every year is different!

3. Favorite person in your field: Dan Meyer is probably my favorite person in my field. I am inspired by his work and making math more relatable with the way we ask students questions.    

4. If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing? I have never thought about this! I think if I wasn’t a teacher, I would think about engineering or possibly an event planner.

5. Any pets? Yes, I have a dog.  She is white with a black spot over her right eye.  She looks like the Little Rascals dog but we didn’t name her Spot, we named her Sam.

6. Into which Hogwarts house would you be sorted? Being the huge Harry Potter fan that I am, I have taken the online sorting quiz, and I was sorted into Ravenclaw. I LOVE the color blue and I love learning so I am a proud Ravenclaw!

7. What is one of your hidden talents? I would say a talent of mine that isn’t on display at school is cooking.  I love traveling and eating different foods. Then, I really enjoy coming home to try and recreate the dishes.  My friends are willing dinner guests to try my creations, and I have learned a lot about cooking.  Or, I would say, I was an Art minor in college and specialized in Printmaking. Recently, I have enjoyed doing some calligraphy and brush lettering.

8. What is the one thing you couldn’t teach without? The one thing I couldn’t teach without is my Smart Board, 100%.  I love teaching with its different colored pens and highlighters.  I am blessed to learn how to utilize color effective in teaching from my mentor during student teaching.  

9. Which teacher had the greatest impact on you? There are quite a few I could mention throughout all my years of teaching.  I would say my 8th teacher.  We had an 8th grade project during fourth quarter.  We each had to pick a topic in history, research it, write a paper, and present on our topic.  She issued a challenge to us, “Do something more than a poster board. Be creative with your presentation.”  I had chosen the Charles Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping case (I am not sure why or how I came to this topic).  I decided to build the Charles Lindbergh house out of cardboard.  When it came time to present, I asked my class to gather around my house and peer into the house.  Then, I presented the story by moving the characters throughout the house and placing the evidence around the house.  I saw how my classmates would zone out during other presentations but they were all engaged when they were up peering into the house.  I kept the house up until recently since it was the first time I thought, “I think I could and would enjoy being a teacher.”

10. What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? I would bring the Harry Potter series. I love re-reading the series.  I have watched the movies over and over again. When I pick the books back up, I forget how much detail is in the books and I get lost in the world!  If I could bring a TV Show, I would bring The Office or Parks and Rec.

11. If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been? In high school, my senior superlative was “Best Handwriting.”  I write in cursive now but in high school I would write in print and most of my classmates commented that it looked like I typed my notes.

12. What’s a school sport or activity you enjoy watching? I really enjoy being able to see our students outside of the classroom. I really enjoy being able to take my friends to see our students perform in our theater productions.