Mariah Klimowich, motivated by students succeed at something they found challenging

| 29 Apr 2021 | 01:13
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7, we asked local students to write us about their favorite teachers. You’ll find some of those letters in the print edition of the paper this week. We then then went out and interviewed those rock star educators. Here’s our teacher spotlight on Mariah Klimowich.

By Pat Keller

How long have you been a teacher?

I have been a full time teacher for 3 years. While finishing my master’s degree, I worked as a Teaching Assistant and in different long term substitute positions.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone considering being a teacher?

Learn as much as you can from your colleagues! They will always have ideas and advice that will help enrich your teaching.

Tell us about the past year - the good and the bad.

Despite remote and hybrid learning and teaching being a new experience, I am impressed with how resilient and flexible my students are and continue to be. Getting students back into the classroom has been the best part.

What motivates you?

What motivates me is seeing my students succeed at something that they once found to be a challenge.

Tell us about one of your best days on the job.

One of the best days I had at school was when one of my classes created a solar system using helium balloons and Ozobots (small toy robot). The students attached the balloons to the tiny robots and programmed them to orbit around a middle balloon that represented the sun. It was a fun visual to help understand how the planets orbit in our solar system.

What do you do to get refreshed?

To get refreshed I go on long walks while listening to podcasts or audiobooks.