It’s not very often a kid knows exactly what they want to be when they grow up. In Greta Seitz’s case, however, there was never any question.


“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid,” said Seitz, a teacher at Anchorage Montessori School. “I would make my two younger sisters play school and I would make them do homework … and they would get assignments. They give me a hard time about [it to] this day.”


Seitz has a way of making difficult subjects easy to understand and incorporates real-life situations to help her kids remember. She teaches first-, second- and third-graders at Anchorage Montessori School and believes in the approach of individualized education plans.


“They’re like little sponges,” Seitz said. “I mean you teach them something one day and they’ve got it and they’re ready for the next thing.”


The kids are required to complete daily assignments, and after they finish their work they can move onto a project that interests them.


“If there’s a child that’s really into geography, after they get done with what I’ve assigned them they can just go wild with their geography works,” Seitz said. “It’s all about a balance between teacher-assigned works and student choices.”


If there’s one lesson she wants the kids to take away from her classroom, it’s to know they can do anything they set their minds to.


“I want kids to love learning, because that just sets the tone for the rest of their life,” Seitz said.


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