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Teacher of the Week: Lindsay Wackowski

By James Gaddis Photojournalist: Rick Rysso - 10:47 AM December 5, 2016
ANCHORAGE –

When she was just 7 years old, Lindsay Wackowski decided she wanted to be an educator. At the time, it had nothing to do with teaching.

“I think it first started because school is really challenging for me and the teacher had the answer book in the front of the room and I was like, I need to be the teacher so I have the answer book in front of me,” explained Wackowski.

Now, she teaches kids about that same age at Bowman Elementary School. Her kindergarten class is full of little characters.

“I love to watch them learn. They’re little sponges. They absorb everything you say and everything you do,” said Wackowski.

To keep her kids focused on learning, Wackowski maximizes their day with group work and lots of moving around.

“You know they’re from a generation of video games and everyone’s doing dances and songs and moving all the time,” she said. “So I try to be that energy and and that positive light.”

Wackowski says that positivity can go a long way in a child’s development in the classroom.

“You know these kids get excited about everything. We don’t need to buy them a toy when they do something, we can just really excitedly say, ‘Wow, that was awesome!’ And then they’re excited. They’re like, ‘Yeah that was awesome, that felt good,'” explained Wackowski.

Now in her eighth year teaching, she encourages her students to be considerate, caring and respectful to their classmates. It’s her genuine concern for the children in her class that has been the secret to her success.

“My love for learning and my love for for my kids, to be honest. People sometimes ask me, how many kids do you have? Because I’ll say ‘my kids’ or ‘my parents,’ because every year these kids become my kids. They become your family,” she said.

Know a teacher making a difference in students’ lives? Nominate them for Teacher of the Week.

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