Teacher returns to Moffat County to ‘give back’
Editor’s note: The Craig Press’ regular feature honoring educators in our community has received an upgrade, with fresh questions and a new twist — a student spotlight. Educators are asked to nominate two students who might not otherwise receive recognition, but whose hard work and effort deserve to be highlighted.
CRAIG — She used to walk the halls of Craig Middle School as a student; these days, she’s a teacher.
“I grew up in Craig and had the opportunity to come and give back to the community that gave me so much,” said CMS sixth-grade math and science teacher Kayla Hall when asked why she chose Moffat County.
As a student teacher, she taught first and fifth grade in Hay Springs, Nebraska. This is her first year of teaching.
Craig Press: What were you like as a student?
Kayla Hall: I was motivated to do what I needed to get good grades so I could cheer. I wasn’t the best when it came to asking for help if I didn’t understand, so I struggled quite a bit in some subjects.
CP: How has your education, training, and work experiences qualified you for your role?
Hall: I student-taught in fifth grade, so moving up a grade level has been pretty smooth. I feel like I was very prepared to start this job because of the education I received at Chadron State. They have an amazing elementary program that provided multiple opportunities to work in various grade levels, and I feel like that has helped me the most in settling into a new grade level.
CP: What do you do if your students don’t “get it?”
Hall: I sit with them, and we talk it out. I figure out where they are needing the extra help, and I dedicate my time into doing whatever I need to to ensure that they can get that “aha” moment.
CP: If a visitor came to your classroom or office and took a photo, what would they see in that photo?
Hall: They would see collaboration, group discussion, and hard work taking place.
CP: How do you measure your success as an educator?
Hall: When my students are smiling and show me that they have mastered the skill we have been working on.
CP: How are you involved in the community outside school?
Hall: I am an assistant coach for the Middle School Cheer team. Also, I help coach the Elite Competitive Cheer team.
CP: Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
Hall: I am very grateful to be working in the community I grew up in. It has been a dream of mine to teach and coach such talented and dedicated students and athletes.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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