New English teacher excited to
discover student diversity in class
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 6:43 AM
Angela Wiegmann finds two different animals in teaching.
Angela Wiegmann is a new English teacher at Chatfield High School. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
"When I was younger, I wanted to be a vet because I loved (and still love) animals," said Chatfield High School's new seventh and eighth grade English instructor.
"I have always loved reading and writing, spelling - the works. I think that there is something so special about reading and writing," she continued. "Two students could read the same book and take away two totally different messages. Two students could also be given the same writing assignment and come up with completely different ideas. Because of our different backgrounds and knowledge, every student can bring something different to the class. I think that's such an awesome experience to witness and be a part of."
Wiegmann graduated from high school in 2008 and from college in 2012.
"I went to New London-Spicer High School in New London, Minn., and received my bachelor's degree at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall," she said. "This is my first teaching job. I student taught Willmar Senior High for 16 weeks, where I taught a tenth grade communications class. I also did my pre-student teaching experience at the junior high in Willmar."
She chose to come to Chatfield because it was small and welcoming. "I was initially unfamiliar with the area, but the small-town feel and sense of community really appealed to me," Wiegmann said. "Everyone that I met within the school district was incredibly welcoming, so it was easy to feel at home."
She added that she is looking forward to getting to know the staff and becoming familiar with the school and community.
"Starting a new job in a new location is always a challenge. Since this is my first year of teaching, I'm sure there will be many challenges along the way, but I look forward to learning and growing as a teacher," she said. "I'm really excited to work with the seventh and eighth graders. It's such a fun age group to spend time with, and I'm looking forward to sharing my love of writing, grammar, and reading with them.
One aspect she is really looking forward to is holding discussions and doing some group activities with her students.
"I hope to influence all of my students in a positive manner and be someone they can look to for guidance and support," she said. "Each student is unique and I most look forward to getting to know them as individuals and learning from them. I think that students should ultimately learn to have confidence in themselves as academic learners. If they believe in themselves and know they can do something, they will go incredibly far in life."
Wiegmann lives in Rochester, but she goes home occasionally on weekends to visit her family.
"My parents, Dan and Sue, live on a small hobby farm in Sunburg, Minn. I also have a younger brother, Alex, who is a senior at St. John's University, majoring in math," she shared. "In my spare time I love to play tennis, read, and spend time with friends and family."
She concluded, "So far, my experience in the Chatfield community has been extremely welcoming, and I am very excited for the upcoming school year."