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EMM names Valerie Haldy Teacher of the Month in Monticello

A Q&A with Education Minnesota Monticello's September Teacher of the Month

Name: Valerie Haldy

Valerie Haldy Years teaching in Monticello:
This will be my eighth year teaching in Monticello. I was a substitute teacher in the district prior to being hired full time. 

Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born in Monticello, but I grew up across the river in Big Lake. Both my parents graduated from Monticello Schools. I attended college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Mary’s University. I live in Clearwater with my husband, BJ. We have a dog, a cat, and eight chickens to entertain us. Some of my hobbies include cooking, quilting, and knitting.  I also enjoy spending time outdoors in my  gardens or fishing and camping with my husband.

What did you choose the teaching profession?
I chose to get into the teaching profession after spending time working with children in summer recreation programs and volunteering in classrooms. I have always loved problem solving and it was enjoyable to help others work through a challenging situation, such as learning something new.

What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?
My favorite part of teaching in Monticello is working with the staff, students, and families. During my time as a substitute, I had the opportunity to work in several surrounding districts, and I always received a warm welcome from the staff and students in Monticello schools. The families and the students in this district are hard working, respectful, and supportive.

What is your proudest moment as a teacher?
I find pride in my job when I get to visit with my former students, and I realize how much they have grown since they were in my class. Seeing these students and families around Monticello is always a special treat. 

What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?
There is a lot more to teaching than just standing in front of a group of students and sharing your knowledge. Teaching is a multifaceted career. The day to day aspects are ever changing due to new research, technology, and budgets, but the core joy of teaching really is from the interactions with students and helping to prepare them for their futures.