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Herman Neosho Rubicon
School District

4th Grade with Ms. Birkholz

~Inspiring students to become confident and creative builders of their futures~
HoNoR students always have many great ideas to share, and one of my goals is to provide many opportunities for my students to learn from one another as they proceed with their individual quests for knowledge. 
A Learning and Teaching Journey
After graduating from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and a Science endorsement, I spent a year really learning to be a teacher by substitute teaching in Menomonee Falls, Sussex, and Arrowhead Area elementary and middle schools. The on-the-job training I received working for and with amazing teachers in those schools helped prepare me for my career at Saylesville School where I started teaching as a long-term substitute 4th grade teacher. The position turned into a permanent one, and I have been thankful for the opportunity to teach in Rubicon for many years and for the opportunity to continue teaching in Neosho at HoNoR Elementary! Shortly after arriving at Saylesville I began work toward my Master's degree with I received from Cardinal Stritch University after completing action research on science literacy in elementary schools.
While most of my teaching career has been spent with fantastic fourth graders, I have also enjoyed coaching middle school volleyball, working with K-8 students during summer school, and the adventure of teaching multi-age classrooms (3rd-5th and 4th-5th). I always enjoy working with students to prepare for our school-wide events like the STEAM Fair and Living History Museum. Honoring the past by accompanying the 4th graders on their annual trip to the Old Village Hall Museum in Neosho and embracing the future by using 1:1 devices to supplement my students' learning have also been important to me.
In addition to being a member of the HNR learning community, I also love spending time with my friends and family, traveling, reading, riding my bike and working out with my friends at the Oconomowoc Rec Center.

If you want to go fast, go alone.

If you want to go far, go TOGETHER.

~African Proverb