Reading and writing in one Romig Middle School class can be an eye-opening experience.


“When I came into seventh grade I did not like writing at all, but now I always look forward to language arts class. It’s probably one of my favorite classes,” said Romig Middle School seventh-grader Race Rome.


Race’s teacher, Traci Stanley, was named KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week on Monday. She says she typically chooses literature that will enable her students to think beyond the book.


“I like seeing how literature relates to our life, our community,” Stanley said. “It’s something that I found that a lot of our kids, as far as reading, they’re afraid of.”


An educator for 20 years, Stanley was inspired to read and write at about the same age as her current students.


“I’ve been fortunate to have teachers in my life that have instilled this desire to know and to want to learn,” she explained.


To help instill a desire to learn in her own students, Stanley says she makes a concerted effort to reach out to them.


“The thing that I try to do more than anything else is make sure that I get to know every one of my students and have a personal interaction with them every day,” Stanley said. “I think the most important thing we can do as educators is see our students, making sure that they know that we’re invested in them.”


Stanley was also honored as a BP Teacher of Excellence in 2013.


Click here to nominate an educator for KTVA’s Teacher of the Week.



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