Miss Mary Summers has been teaching for 12 years, all of which have been with the Eleva-Strum District. Her favorite part about her job is watching students succeed. Whether it is on the court during a basketball or volleyball game, watching the dance team compete at state, on stage for the annual musical or in the classroom, she loves to be a part of students’ successful moments.
Currently, Miss Summers is teaching numerous classes so she has a lot of different things that her students are working on, depending on their class level. In her junior English class, students are learning about the Holocaust and the literature used during the Holocaust. Her freshman English class is just wrapping up a unit on Romeo and Juliet. English 10 just finished their unit on To Kill a Mockingbird. She has plans to end the year with an essay project for each grade.
By the end of the school year, Miss Summers hopes that the students in her classroom will be able to accomplish the goals that they have set for themselves by becoming stronger essay writers. She hopes that the juniors will have a better understanding of what happened during the Holocaust and will be able to relate the historical literature types to modern-day literature types.
Miss Summers is still very excited about the DLI taking place at Eleva-Strum. She said, “I feel very blessed to work in a school where this is an option for our students. The excitement has yet to wear off for me yet!” Her students use their technology every day by logging on to their computers right away when they come in to complete their bell work. Some of her classes have begun to use Edmodo (an online course management program), and she has big plans to use it more next year. Miss Summers uses the technology to communicate homework assignments with her students via email, and she has had to make far less copies of assignments this year by doing so. She projects pictures and passages from her textbook to the screen in the front of her room for students to view by using her projector and document camera. Recently, Miss Summers has begun to use GarageBand to read aloud passages to students who have difficulty reading, allowing them to follow along with her.
Miss Summers realized that at the beginning of the year most of her students were very uncomfortable with the new technology because it was new and they seemed to be worried. Now, she says they are much more comfortable and are even trying out many of the more difficult programs to see if they can produce higher-quality assignments for their classes!
Written by Ali Lorenz