Teacher of the Week: Angie Schable, third grade, Villa Grove Elementary

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In her 25 years at Villa Grove Elementary School, Atwood native Angie Schable has learned how to keep her third-grade students engaged, whether she’s mixing less-stimulating lessons with more exciting topics or leaving them wanting more each day when she’s reading a book to them.

“Mrs. Schable is an amazing teacher,” Principal Bobby Beck said. “The students are always excited to learn in her room. Mrs. Schable uses every second of the day to teach her students. She has a positive attitude and is always willing to help others.”

I find my work important because … students show an incredible amount of growth throughout school. What an honor and privilege to be part of that!

I became a teacher because … My third-grade teacher was the inspiration. She was amazing, and I knew in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher! I enjoyed school as a student, and I wanted to read to the class, grade papers and teach other kids the lessons.

My favorite/most unique lesson that I teach is … All STEM activities are my favorite. I love seeing the students work together and come up with their own unique ways of solving problems.

My most fulfilling moments on the job are when … you see that a student is excited about what we are doing, or when a student has been struggling with a concept and then understands. At the end of the day, I read to the class. I try to end the day’s reading on a cliffhanger. The bell for dismissal will ring, and students will be shouting, “No, just read a little bit longer!” I also love when students come back into my classroom after leaving third grade just to say hello or tell me they remember when we did certain projects that I am completing with my current class. Sometimes at recess, the older students will ask if I remember when a certain event happened in class, and I enjoy hearing their good memories about our class.

I keep students engaged by … changing and being enthusiastic about our activities. If we are doing something a little less exciting, I try to make the next activity something they do with partners or using a game or technology.

Something else I’m passionate about is … my family, playing games and reading.

My favorite teacher and subject to study in school was … Ms. Barb Rahe as a third-grade teacher at Atwood-Hammond and Mr. Charlie Simpson as a high school math teacher at Atwood-Hammond — he made math come alive! Reading and English were always my favorite classes.

If I weren’t a teacher, I would be … working in a library, bookstore or coffee shop.


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