Sunset Elementary School teacher got start at age 3
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.
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.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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