Sandrock Elementary teacher serves children and her community |

Sandrock Elementary teacher serves children and her community

Sandrock Elementary School teacher Kristi Shepherd holds her sheltie, Pepin, with her father, Al Shepherd, who is holding Crispie the sheltie.
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Name: Kristi Shepherd School: Sandrock Elementary Grades: Kindergarten through fifth grade Years teaching: 16 Subjects: Physical EducationDetails: Shepherd has taught physical education for two years. Prior to teaching physical education, she taught fifth grade for eight years, fourth grade for three years, first grade for two years, then returned to fifth grade for one year.

CRAIG  — When not in the classroom, one Sandrock Elementary School teacher can be found engaged in community service work.

Kristi Shepherd was born and raised in Craig, where she has taught at the elementary level for 16 years.

It’s important to Shepherd to also serve her community outside the classroom. She is president of the Craig Lions Club, serves on the board of directors for Northwest Colorado Health, volunteers for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, has a part-time job at Kum & Go and is a member of the First Congregational Church.

“In my spare time, I love to hang out with my dad and my dogs. I have two Shelties named Crispie and Pepin, and they are 8 years old,” Shepherd said.

This active teacher took the time to describe more about herself and her work.

Craig Press: Who most influenced you to become an educator, and when did you know that you wanted to be a teacher?

Kristi Shepherd: My mom. I worked for a preschool in my 20s, and I really enjoyed it. My mom worked as a para at Sunset Elementary for a few years, and I learned to help her and watch what she did. She was the one who suggested I substitute teach, and that is how it all came about.

Jean Nadler, who was the assistant principal at Craig Intermediate School, asked me to substitute teach for a day in sixth grade. I called her the next day and said, “Put me on the list,” and teaching is what I wanted to do.

CP: What five words would your greatest supporter use to describe you?

Shepherd: Outgoing, hardworking, structured, active and community-orientated.

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

Shepherd: Trying to make a connection with every student, so they are able to learn and grow. Now that I am teaching physical education, I get to interact with every child every day, which helps make connections.

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

Shepherd: Ruby Payne books helped me understand the differences between children in poverty and middle class.

CP: If a visitor came to your classroom/office and took a photo, what would they see in that photo?

Shepherd: A lot of children running around or with jump ropes or sitting on scooters or playing with basketballs, footballs, Frisbees, dodge balls, etc.f

CP: What is one fun fact about you?

Shepherd: I went zip lining and rappelling in North Carolina last summer.

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

Shepherd: I am a picky eater.

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