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MacKenzie Borders honored by Education Minnesota Monticello

Education Monticello Minnesota has selected Eastview Education Center's MacKenzie Borders as the December Teacher of the Month! Read on for a question and answer with Borders!

Name: MacKenzie Borders

Years teaching in Monticello: 2

Tell us a little about yourself:

I received my ABS (Academic Behavioral Strategist) Degree from St. Cloud State University.  The ABS degree provides the ability to teach Special Education to grade levels K-12 and teach in any disability area. I originally was going to school to be a math teacher, but I changed my mind after working with students who have intellectual disabilities in after school program in St. Cloud.

I enjoy going for walks and finding different places to hike with my boyfriend, Taylor and my puppy that we got this summer. Our puppy, Harley, keeps us busy! In my free time, I enjoy going to the lake in the summer and camping with my friends and family.

What did you choose the teaching profession?

I have always been around kids my whole life as my mom did daycare when I was growing up. I have enjoyed watching kids learn and grow. I always felt that I had a calling for teaching. In college, I worked at an after school program in St. Cloud and knew I wanted to work with students who have different abilities and needs. I then got a job at Talahi Elementary school as a paraprofessional in St. Cloud and loved working with the students.

What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?

Monticello has a great community and is very welcoming! I have not been teaching for a long time but I love it here. Everyone is a team and are willing to work together and help each other when we can.

What is your proudest moment as a teacher?

The proudest moment as a teacher is when a student achieves a goal that they have been working on. Everyone gets so excited and it is great to see the student excited about it too.

What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?

Teaching is a very rewarding career and I would encourage them to pursue the career. It isn’t always easy but the students and staff make teaching fun and leave you with lifelong memories.