Saline Area Schools hired its largest incoming class of teachers in years. There are 13 new staff members in the school district this year. Over the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to them.
Today, we introduce you to Kristy Terech.
Name: Kristy Terech
What/Where you teach: I teach third grade at Harvest.
Hometown: I grew up in Riverview, Michigan, which is about 45 minutes east of Saline.
What university did you graduate from: I graduated from Eastern Michigan University.
What is your previous teaching or work experience? Before moving to Saline, I taught for six years in the downriver area. Recently, I was a literacy tutor at both Pleasant Ridge and Woodland Meadows.
Why did you decide on teaching as a profession? And why did you choose your specific subject/area? It was sometime during the early years of elementary school that I decided I wanted to have a career in education. My teachers were always so kind, intelligent, and inspiring that I wanted to be just like them. I remember playing school for hours in the evening, and talking my little sister into being my student. For Christmas one year I asked for a chalkboard, a pointer, and stickers.
Describe a satisfying moment you have experienced as a teacher. The most satisfying thing about teaching is watching a student not give up when they are struggling with something that is difficult for them. Guiding children in the right direction, while they achieve success with their own abilities is the best part of my job.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? I was fortunate to have Ms. Manaussa for forth grade and then again for seventh grade English. She had a great love of literature and recommended wonderful books that I never would have read without her input.
What is something about you that might surprise your students? I think that they would be surprised to know that I am not just a bookworm, and I love to be outside doing adventurous things. I have climbed a glacier in Alaska, a mountain in British Columbia, and a volcano in Italy.
How do you like to spend your time away from class? When I am away from the classroom, I spend much of my time attending my three sons’ football, basketball and lacrosse games. I also love to read, jog, swim, and travel.