I Teach Because...

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse.

Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
Spencer Prestwich
Special Education
Mountain View Elementary School

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
It gives me a sense that my work has a purpose.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
Both my parents are retired educators. Because of their example and influence it just seemed liked the natural direction for me take in my life. I attended a teacher's college in Louisiana where I had an awesome experience. I have not looked back since. I love the teaching profession! It has been good to me.

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
My favorite memory as student has to be my entire sixth grade year. My teacher, Mr. Gertner, was an incredible teacher. At the time, I was a very active young boy. It was not unusual for me to find myself in a little bit of trouble. That year I really made a connection with Mr. Gertner. Somehow he taught me how use my energy in a positive way. He made learning fun. He ended up being a wonderful mentor for me growing up. Although I have had many great teachers since then, he will always be my favorite.