Sunset Elementary School teacher got start at age 3 |

Sunset Elementary School teacher got start at age 3

Wendy Seely, teaches fourth grade at Sunset Elementary School.

CRAIG — The desire to teach was ignited very early in the life of a veteran fourth-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School.

"When I started preschool, at age 3, I became infatuated with the whole teaching world. All I ever asked Santa for was school stuff and office supplies," said teacher Wendy Seely.

Seely is the wife of a rancher. She has a son who recently graduated with a degree in wildlife biology and management from her alma mater — The University of Wyoming.

Outside school, Seely works on stained glass, is an avid scuba diver and loves to ride horses.

"I love cats so much, that I will probably have a rescue cat ranch someday," she added.

A teacher for 27 years, Seely shared more about who influenced her to become a teacher, what a day in her classroom is like and her appreciation for the team at Sunset.

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Craig Press: Who most influenced you to become an educator, and how did that person influence you?

Wendy Seely: My grandfather was my biggest supporter. He didn’t really care what I did, as long as I was happy doing it. He pushed me through some difficult times and guided me down the right path.

CP: If your greatest supporter were in the room with us today, what five words would they use to describe you?

Seely: Driven, passionate, quirky, enthusiastic and caring.

CP: In your experience, what is the most challenging part of your role as an educator, and how have you met that challenge?

Seely: The biggest challenge for me is seeing a child struggling with outside issues and trying to work through it and learn at the same time. I just let them know I’m there if they need me, and we persevere together.

CP: What have you read recently that changed your approach to your work?

Seely: I read an article written for teachers who try to do it all. I learned that it's better to do one thing well than a million things halfway.

CP: If a visitor came to your classroom and took a photo, what would he or she see in that photo?

Seely: Active, busy kids, learning, engagement and enthusiasm.

CP: What is one fun fact about you?

Seely: I am addicted to coconut donuts.

CP: Is there anything else you'd like readers to know?

Seely: I truly feel blessed that I get to be involved in a profession that allows me to make such positive connections with people every day. I have made lasting friendships with people I work with. Sunset is my family away from family. We are all a team, working for a common cause — to grow the children we work with every day. I feel proud to be a part of that amazing team.

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Wendy Seely

School: Sunset Elementary
Grade: Fourth grade
Years teaching: 27

Fun fact: At age 3 Seely turned all her dolls into students and she’s been teaching ever since.