World Teachers’ Day was celebrated Oct. 5. Did you take time to recognize the important role that teachers play in the development of our future generation.
This year, to mark World Teachers’ Day, Wolf Creek Public Schools asked Barb Verma for her views on teaching. Mrs. Verma has been teaching for 11 years and is passionate about education and cares deeply about her students. She calls her classroom her family and when asked how many kids she has replies, “I have 23…20 in my class and three at home!”
Watching Mrs. Verma interact with the kids in her classroom it is evident that her students care about her as much as she cares about them.
“The best part of teaching is greeting my students every morning with a smile and knowing that I get to spend the rest of the day with them, having fun, knowing I get to make a difference in their lives.
“I love watching my students grow and learn. I love playing, and so what better job could I have in that I get to play all day long and see my kids learning without even realizing it because they’re having so much fun.
“One of the other best parts of being a teacher is the people I have the privilege of working with. Over the years, my colleagues, administrators and the parents of my students have made a huge impact on my career. I’ve learned with and from them and have come away a better, more caring teacher and person because of them.”
This is Mrs. Verma’s second year teaching Grade 2 at École James S. McCormick School in Lacombe. Prior to this, she was at Diamond Willow Middle School in Ponoka for nine years teaching music, Grade 6 core subjects, and grades 7 and 8 options including outdoor education, handbells, arts and crafts, photography, recreation and more.
Mrs. Verma believes teaching is important because it plays an enormous role in society in that teachers help develop young people and provide them with the tools they’ll need to be productive, responsible citizens.
It’s important for teachers to recognize how much of an impact they can have on a child’s life, she added.
“Barb Verma exemplifies the type of caring and commitment our teachers put forward for students each and every day in Wolf Creek Public Schools,” said assistant superintendent Kurt Sacher. “After building lasting positive relationships with students, parents and her colleagues, Barb has the foundation she needs to create success for all of her learners. She is able to meet the learning needs of her students because she is assessment literate and able to utilize the appropriate instructional strategy in the appropriate context.
“In Wolf Creek Public Schools, World Teacher’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the efforts of Barb Verma and the rest of our high quality teaching staff. Please join me in thanking our teachers and celebrating their accomplishments.”