Try, try again says Craig Middle School teacher Linda McIntosh
Craig Middle School teacher Linda McIntosh selected seventh-grade student Will McStay and eighth-grade student Arianna Crain.
“Will’s favorite subject is math. Will says he likes challenges, and math makes you think,” said McIntosh.
McStay is also part of 4-H shooting and competed at 4-H state competitions for the last two years, as well as an avid hunter and part of a ranching family.
McStay said his favorite part of school is caring teachers.
“The teachers are willing to help you, and it doesn’t matter if it is math or English. The staff pushes you to gain your goals," he said.
Of her other spotlighted student, McIntosh said Crain likes science and math.
"She likes science because she has learned how things work and why. She likes math because she likes to work with numbers and figure out the solutions,” she said.
Crain enjoys hanging out with her friends at school as well as her sisters and brother. Her favorite activities include swimming and hiking in the summer. In the winter, she and her grandmother paint pictures with colored diamonds.
When it comes to learning, if Linda McIntosh’s students are struggling she tries new ways to teach until it clicks.
“If a student doesn’t understand what I am teaching or explaining, then I find a different way to explain it,” she said. “If that doesn’t work, try something else until the student finally understands what and why we are doing what we do. I try to explain things where they apply to a students life so it makes sense why we have to learn what we are learning.”
McIntosh works with sixth- through eighth-grade students and special education at Craig Middle School where she has worked for 14 years.
Craig Press: What were you like as a student?
McIntosh: I liked going to school. I enjoyed learning, especially from teachers that had a passion for the subject they taught.
Have you taught in other places besides Moffat County?
I was a substitute teacher in Arizona for several years.
Why did you choose Moffat County?
My husband got a job in Baggs, Wyoming, and Moffat County High School fit the needs of my children at the time.
How has your education, training, and work experiences qualified you for your role?
I have had many different jobs that have helped me in my teaching. I have had many opportunities to expand on my knowledge and help me be a better teacher.
If a visitor came to your classroom or office and took a photo, what would they see in that photo?
If it is my reading class they would see students engaged in reading to themselves and reading the passage to me and judging if it was an excellent read.
How do you measure your success as an educator?
When students that you had to read every word on a test now says, ‘I don’t need your help, I can do it myself.’ When a student comes up and says ‘I like to read now.’ When a high school student comes back and says thanks for what you taught me, ‘I am going to college now.’
How are you involved in the community outside school?
I have worked with youth groups in the church I attend every week.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
I love what I do. I love working with students and helping them succeed and accomplish their life dreams.