Golden Apple: Tara Pleggenkuhle 4/09/2013

Rockford High School Science Teacher, Tara Pleggenkuhle

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ROCKFORD, IA – You’d never know this is Ms.Tara Pleggenkuhle’s first year as a teacher. And even though she’s new to the teaching world, she acts like a seasoned vet.

She said, “In college you just kinda show up for an hour here or there, so it’s nice to really be a part of the whole inter-workings of a school.”

She works closely with her students with lots of hands on experiments like in her physics class.

Pleggenkuhle said, “I’m kinda a firm believer in that chance happens to those who are prepared, so you prepare them with the content and then you give them the opportunity to work in the lab and actually give them something to discover on their own.”

It’s activities like those that help her relate to her young students.

Pleggenkuhle said,”We spent at least 2 class periods where we just hung out and talked to each other and I really got to know them since I was new to the district and when you get to know them, you can figure out where to push and how to motivate them because every kid is kind of different.”

Some of her Seniors say that extra effort goes a long way.

Senior, Brendan Rooney said, “She has the same interests as we do, she’ll talk to us about our sports and it makes you want to do a lot better. You can work a lot closer with them and they know ways to get you to work harder.”

Tara says her students make the sometimes long days worth it and that each class period is the chance to make a difference.

She said, “Sometimes it’s scary because you can have a negative impact, but for the most part, the things you do are positive and you can be a really great role model for kids.”

And even if she doesn’t have the largest impact everyday, she is always thinking of ways to get better.

She said, “I will make little notes in my planner on things like, “This went bad and I should change it like this next year” or “I can add to this, they really liked that.” So I make a note every class of what I want to keep the same or change for next year.”

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