Local educators pick their favorite teachers

Most District 51 schools start classes Wednesday. As children pour into class, they’ll meet the teachers they’ll spend the year with and, if they’re lucky, will find the teacher they’ll someday remember as their favorite.

Some may even find the inspiration to become teachers themselves.

While they were growing up, District 51 teachers picked their own favorites and try to follow their examples each day in the classroom. We asked a few of those local teachers, “Who was your favorite teacher as a student and why?”

“I would say Dr. Buys at Mesa State. He just really made me look at things in a different light. He made you make your own decisions and presented all viewpoints.”
— Barb Bingham, Appleton Elementary School kindergarten teacher

“Buzz Zatterstrom at Nucla High School. He taught biology, and he’s the one that inspired me to become a science teacher. We did a lot of fun things in class, and he kept it interesting and kept us on task. I remember thinking at the time ‘It would be fun to be a teacher like this.’ ” 
— Jim Bozarth, Grand Mesa Middle School seventh-grade life science teacher until last year and a high-risk student interventionist this year

“My favorite teacher was Mrs. Nieman, my third-grade teacher in Pennsylvania. She was that teacher that always made learning fun. She had fish on each table and invited our parents to the classroom a lot. She was so great and inspired me to be a teacher.”
— Stacy Bush, Rocky Mountain Elementary School kindergarten teacher

“My geology professor in college (James Madison University), Dr. Richter. He was always helpful, but he always expected a lot — he was rigorous.”
— Mike Hayter, Orchard Mesa Middle School sixth-grade science teacher

“John Davis. He was at Adams City High School and taught biology. He really encouraged inquiry and hands-on activities. He took us to Red Feather Lakes for a four-day field trip.”
— Al Kreinberg, R-5 High School English teacher


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