Teacher of the Week: Having Compassion for Others

by Samantha Ubertini and Michelle Psaltakis, staff reporter(s)

Ms. Lueth teaches 6th grade and grades 10-12th, in the subjects of Algebra 2/Trig, Math 12, Algebra 2 and Enrichment.

Our new bilingual teacher working hard on keeping students up to date on their work. This is our caring math teacher’s first year at WJPS. Photo taken by Michelle Psaltakis and Samantha Ubertini.

Our new bilingual teacher working hard on keeping students up to date on their work. This is our caring math teacher’s first year at WJPS. Photo taken by Michelle Psaltakis and Samantha Ubertini.

1. What inspired you to become a teacher?

I always wanted to become a teacher. I always liked to help people. I did an internship in high school at a different school. When it came time for college, I decided on teaching right away.

2. Why did you choose to teach this subject?

In middle school I loved math, in high school it was rocky, and in college it was like a new found love all over again. I can sit on a math problem for two hours and not get bored of it.

3. What makes you different from all the other teachers?

I guess my background, since I wasn’t born here. I have other perspectives, [which]  helps kids from other countries. I can relate to them.

4. What teacher had impacted your life when you were in school?

I had a lot of teachers that impacted me. Specifically, my geography teacher [in high school]. He wanted the best for us even though he was so strict during class hours. Out[side] of school functions, he was like the coolest guy ever.

A college professor really influenced me too. He was incredible. He knew so much about math and history. Now, he teaches at Yale, and he’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met. We still keep in touch.

5. Do you have any secret talents? If so what are they?

I speak the german language fluently.

6.What sacrifices have you made since being a teacher?

I put in a lot of hours. I pretty much work all day until I go to bed. I usually take a whole day out of my weekend just to plan lessons for the next week. A lot of my free time is gone, but it doesn’t really feel like a sacrifice because I enjoy it.

7. How many years have you been a teacher?

This is my second year.

8. Has being a teacher changed who you are? For better or worse?

I don’t think it’s changed me at all. I may be a little bit more aware of people’s strengths and weaknesses. I can tell when someone is struggling in situations more than others can, but besides that, I haven’t changed.

9. What do you believe the ups and downs of being a teacher are?

You work non-stop and then you have the vacation. When summer comes its like, “Wow.the year is over.” It’s hard to transition from summer to work since you’re out for so long. Things that come with the school that aren’t that pleasurable. The department of education is always changing, so it’s hard to change your teaching plans year by year.

10. Have your students impacted you as a teacher?

I feel like in certain ways, students have made me realize that you can’t always plan for every little thing. You can’t plan everything out and you have to go with the flow.

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