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Rob Boraas selected as EMM's Teacher of the Month

Little Mountain Elementary teacher Rob Boraas has been selected by Education Minnesota Monticello's Teacher of the Month for April! Get to know Mr. Boraas with a short Q&A:

Name: Robbie Boraas

Years teaching in Monticello: 25

Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in Cold Spring, MN, graduated from Rocori High School, and then the University of Minnesota (GO GOPHERS!). I was hired right out of college to teach 2nd grade at Little Mountain Elementary. After 4 years in the classroom I accepted the Elementary Technology Specialist position and together with Becky Schmitz, Pinewood teacher, we developed Monticello’s Elementary Technology program. My wife, Lisa, is also a teacher in Monticello.  Our 3 kids, Mitchell, Taylor, and Cade are all proud Monticello High School graduates.

Why did you choose the teaching profession?
Easy… Love for kids! They bring so much energy! No two days are the same at an elementary school. 

What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?
The best thing about teaching in Monticello is the people that make up our staff. It’s not just the teachers, but the support staff, paraprofessionals, social workers, cooks, nurses, custodians, bus drivers, coaches, office staff and administration. I’m proud to be part of this dedicated TEAM that brings together the talents of all these groups to best serve our students.

What is your proudest moment as a teacher?
It’s not a moment but a progression of years. One thing about being a specialist, as opposed to a classroom teacher, is I see EVERY student in our building once a week from the time they’re starting 1st grade to the time they’re walking out our doors and heading to the Middle School. The growth, the accomplishments, and the memories over those 5 years bring tears to my eyes.

What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?
Your students are going to need you, challenge you, entertain you, and learn from you every day. Be ready!