“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Second grade teacher Jordan Veenstra lives by that famous Dr. Seuss quote. She says if there is one word that describes her teaching philosophy, it’s “engagement.” This is Miss Veenstra’s eighth year as a lower school teacher, and it’s a job she has wanted since she was in second grade.
“I knew I wanted to become a teacher (especially a second grade teacher) when I was a student in Mrs. Stolley’s second grade class,” she said. “She was such a warm, caring teacher and made learning fun. From second grade on, I’ve wanted to be a teacher and never waivered in that decision.”
Miss Veenstra says her favorite part of teaching is reading the comments students write when they are “bucket filling,” which is an exercise in giving positive feedback to peers. Funny note about Miss Veenstra; she is terrified of bugs. Brave students get the honor of removing insects that decide to visit Miss Veenstra’s class.
Miss Veenstra earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in early childhood education with a reading endorsement from Northern Arizona University. She loves reading anything by Junie B. Jones and enjoys sports, shopping, swimming, movies, and just hanging out with friends.