Small class size, community appealing to new kindergarten, physical education teacher
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:27 AM
Rachel Erz is in kindergarten without the hundreds. After coming from a high school graduating class of nearly 900, this new kindergarten and physical education teacher decided she would like to know the people she is around and get to know people as more than a familiar face.
"I have always liked the community and atmosphere small towns create and am so happy to be a part of Chatfield," she said. "I already feel a part of the school family and have been welcomed openly."
Erz has always wanted to become a teacher.
"After being in my fourth grade class, I knew that I had to go for it. My fourth grade teacher was a great inspiration in my career path. I hope to one day be as great as he was," she related. "I went to Burnsville High School and graduated in 2006, and I went to Mankato State University and graduated in 2010."
Erz shared that she has been subbing for two years prior to coming to Chatfield, teaching at a small charter school in Faribault, Minn., in kindergarten through seventh grade. She was then a long-term substitute in kindergarten there for three months.
"I now teach half day kindergarten - reading and math - in the morning and physical education for kindergarten and first grade in the afternoon," she said.
Erz hopes to instill in her students the most important lesson she feels they should learn. "Children should learn how to build and nurture relationships with others. I hope to establish meaningful relationships with each student and help them understand and reach their full potential," she said. "I enjoy seeing the progress each student makes and watching their love for learning come out...I am very excited to watch all the students grow and flourish this year as they discover new concepts and interests."
Erz stated she expects to face the normal challenges any first year teacher, however, she has been told the first few years are the best teaching years for learning and growing.
And she's definitely revved up and ready to cheer at Chatfield football games. "One thing I am most excited to do this year is go to Friday night high school football games!"
Erz currently lives in Rochester but enjoys going home to Savage, Minn., to visit her parents. "My family consists of my parents, Dan and Marcia, who still live in Savage. They have been the best cheerleaders in my journey to become a teacher. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors biking, walking, and visiting the North Shore."