Wendy 2

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Wendy Breit of Rockford has been teaching at Riverview Elementary in South Beloit for 18 years, the first 14 for fourth grade classes. Now she teaches second grade, all subjects except physical education and music. Wendy was nominated by the parent of a girl she taught last year, whose family experienced a lot of hardship that year, from broken bones to multiple deaths in the family. “Throughout it all, Wendy … let me know how she was doing physically … and emotionally.” Ryan Amendt, Riverview’s principal, observes that she “spends many hours planning lessons that challenge the second grade minds with high level cognitive thinking while incorporating Chromebooks, Internet, and online resources to extend the lesson.” She is involved in or has promoted successfully many projects at the school: Food Drive, Family Reading Night, Student Council advisor, Character Counts Coordinator, Yearbook Coordinator, Quarterly and Year-end Awards Coordinator, School Webmaster, Classroom Website, Great America and Magic Waters Read to Succeed programs. “Can’t” doesn’t appear to be a word in Wendy’s vocabulary. In fact, she says, “I establish high expectations for my students and on the very first day of school, we symbolically bury the word ‘can’t’ by pledging never to use that word in our classroom. We even create our own ‘Class Constitution.’ Additionally, we talk about how within life and learning, we make mistakes and learn from them … even teachers.”  

Look for Golden Apple's next "Get to Know Our 20 Finalists" teacher selection on Thursday.