Joy White named Teacher of the Month
Education Minnesota Monticello is proud to select Little Mountain Elementary's Joy White as the October Teacher of the Month!
Name: Joy White
Years teaching in Monticello: 17
Tell us a little about yourself: I was born in Red Wing, Mn. I received my undergrad and graduate degrees from St. Mary's University, in Winona. I am married and have two boys, Brooks (9) and Bennett (12). We enjoy taking family vacations, attending MN sporting events, and spending time outdoors. I also coach high school volleyball and love investing in the youth of our community.
Why did you choose the teaching profession?
I always enjoyed children, even as a teenager. I did a lot of babysitting and volunteering with youth as a high school student. I had the opportunity to work in a second grade classroom as a senior in high school, and knew from that point out that I wanted to be a teacher. I loved that every day is different and knowing that I was making a difference each day. It was a no brainer for me.
What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?
There are so many wonderful things about teaching in Monticello. But I would have to say the top two things are the amazing kids and families, and working with such impactful and inspiring educators. I learn something new from both entities every single day. They make my job so fun to come to each day.
What is your proudest moment as a teacher?
I do not think I can pick a proudest moment. I am proud every single day of the gains the students make both socially and academically. I am proud when they get something they did not always understand. I am proud when I watch them work collaboratively in a group. I am proud when I see them achieve success. I am proud when I go to events around town and I see how our youth interact and display leadership qualities in many different ways. But most of all I am proud to teach in a district that puts kids and their needs first.
What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?
I would tell them, "you are about to embark on an amazing journey. It is not always easy but it is always worth it. Knowing you make a difference in the lives of kids every single day is the best possible career you could choose."