• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Mora, MN

School Closure? Not as Fun as They Used to Be.

Remember back when you were in elementary and high school and you would hear that there was going to be some sort of harsh weather that night that might end up closing school?  You would stay up late watching out the window, waiting for big flakes to start falling down or the rain to start drizzling, just so that you knew there was potential in the forecast.  Then, the next morning, you would wake up at 5:00 and peer out the window to see what was going on.  To solidify your guess about whether or not you had to get up and get ready for school, you would fly down the stairs to turn on the news and stare anxiously at the bottom of the screen, waiting for your school’s name to scroll across.

Well, for Duluth schools, yesterday was one of those days.  Due to our rainy and icy mess that we were graced with here in the Northland, Duluth and all of the surrounding schools were closed for the day.  So I was jumping for joy, right?  Well, not so much.  It’s funny when you’re a kid how easy it is to think that a teacher’s job only lasts from the time they enter the classroom in the morning until the time they leave in the afternoon.  So NOT the case.  Yesterday, after waking up and getting ready and then learning about the school being closed for the day, I decided to run errands and go grocery shopping early to avoid the crowds.  When I got home around 8:00, I began going through my files trying to find activities to use with the kids for their morning meeting, morning activity, and for behavior management with them (they have been a little crazy lately!).  By the time noon rolled around, I was working on my portfolio to submit to the education department for graduation (another daunting task).  After another three hours rolled by, I finally took a break to go and get quarters for my laundry.  I stopped at the bank, grabbed another giant cup of coffee, and headed home to continue my work.  By 8:00, I had half of my portfolio done, many different activities and greetings found for morning meeting, and a general outline for my lessons being taught in another week.  It was an exhausting day spent doing nothing else besides preparing for my kiddos and my job as a teacher. 

So, next time there is a snow day or any other kind of school closure, think about your teachers!  They will work nonstop for you, even when they should be goofing off enjoying a day at home.  The kids and our students are the ones that matter.

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