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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

Joy White 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."