VANDALIA — AnneMarie Pindroh has been named the November Staff Member of the Month by the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. Pindroh was nominated by Demmitt Elementary School Principal Garry Martin.
“Mrs. Pindroh is always willing to step up and try something different that is best for kids,” said Martin. “She convinced me to allow her to move the Smart Table out of the computer lab and into her classroom. Now, she is taking the students to some wonderful places with the use of the Smart Table.”
How long have you been in education?
Pindroh: I have been an educator since 1999, making this my 16 year of teaching. I have a degree in General Education grades 1-8 and hold a Master’s degree in Special Education grades K-12.
Why did you choose to be a teacher?
Pindroh: Growing up, I always admired my school teachers; not only did they make learning fun, but they challenged me each and every day. I have always wanted to be a teacher because I want to create a memorable and lasting impression on children and make a difference in their lives like my teachers did my own.
Did you have a teacher who made an impact on you?
Pindroh: Throughout my years of education from grade school through graduate school, I have had many teachers who have made an impact on me. One in particular who I will never forget was Mrs. Krause, a high school language arts teacher at Solon High School. She made learning fun by actively engaging all of her students in a less classroom-like environment. She allowed her students to be free from the desk and chairs and instead we got to relax on big pillows and bean-bag chairs. She let us freely talk and share our love of literature and learning, and best of all, she let the students be the teacher. From that experience I learned classrooms can be fun, they don’t have to be ‘traditional’ and that a passion for learning from students is fostered in an active and engaging environment where students are empowered to think freely and creatively.
How would you describe your teaching philosophy?
Pindroh: I truly believe in a student-centered teaching philosophy. My belief is when students are in a safe, loving and encouraging environment they strive to learn and grow. I believe every student who enters our school has the potential for greatness. Therefore, I strive to make students active learners by putting their needs and accomplishments front and center so they feel inspired and motivated to learn more.
Are you working on any special projects at Helke or in your classroom this year?
Pindroh: This year at Demmitt, I am working on making the lessons I teach LITERALLY come alive for my students through in-classroom-field trips. Instead of taking them out of school, I’m bringing the field-trips to them. For example, in our lesson on Nonfiction Olympic story we had an Olympic Torch runner come and speak to the kids about her own personal experience. I want to make learning as fun as possible for my students and having the capability of bringing these individuals INTO the classroom makes it all the more fun for my students, and me!
Reach the Vandalia-Butler City Schools at 937-415-6400.