Marie Mikels, a middle school teacher at Legacy Christian School, has been selected as the Teacher of the Month sponsored by Current Publishing and Hare Chevrolet.
“I was surprised and very honored to hear I had been named teacher of the month. I was really excited when I heard I would get to borrow a car from Hare Chevrolet while it detailed mine,” she said.
Mikels said she became interested in teaching because of the excellent teachers she had while growing up and after discovering she enjoyed helping others learn.
“I selected science and math while a sophomore in college,” she said. “I found both topics to be fun to learn and wanted to help others do the same.”
Mikels graduated with honors in fall 2007 from Cedarville University (Ohio). She has been teaching since spring 2008 and is in her third year at Legacy Christian School.
“The most enjoyable thing about teaching is the excitement students express when they understand a concept they have been working to grasp,” said Mikels. “The least enjoyable thing is probably the busyness and stress surrounding midterms and finals.”
In her nomination, Legacy student Serena Hawkins said Mikels is one of the most fun and creative teachers she knows.
“She will help answer any question without making you feel like it was a silly question,” wrote Hawkins. “Mrs. Mikels makes sure everyone understands the concept while still challenging students who are further ahead.”
“A large part of helping everyone understand a concept while still challenging learners who are further ahead involves managing more than one learning experience at the same time,” Mikels explained. “For example, students who have mastered mitosis can be moved on to learning about meiosis without disrupting the learning of those still working to understand mitosis. This allows each student to understand the information for his or her grade while deepening the understanding of the students who are already at grade level.”
Legacy is enjoying its first year in its new building, the former Forest Hill Elementary School at 470 Lakeview Dr.
“It has been very nice to be in a building with so much space and land,” said Mikels. “It has been nice to have room to leave out long-term science experiments, as well as having more room to store lab supplies.”
Nominate your teacher
The school year is almost over, and time to recognize the hard work of your or your child’s teacher is running short. To nominate a teacher working within a school system in Noblesville, e-mail Robert Herrington at email@example.com. When submitting, please include the name of the teacher, student (or person submitting), school, grade level and explanation for nomination.