New teachers bring individual styles to classroom


The following teachers are new to the Hayden School District this year:

Sondra Boyd, 34, special education, Hayden Valley Elementary School --

Boyd recently moved to Hayden from Leavenworth, Kan., where she taught fourth grade. She became a teacher because she thought it was the best way to make a difference in the world.

Boyd, who always tries to make learning fun, was inspired by her high school French teacher. "I always wanted to be like her," Boyd said. She is looking forward to getting to know Hayden students and their parents.

Maggie Moore, 45, fourth grade, Hayden Valley Elementary School --

Last year, Moore worked as a long-term fifth-grade substitute at Hayden Valley Elementary Sch--ool. She also has taught first grade in Jefferson County. Moore has an interactive teaching style and high expectations of her students. She decided to become a teacher because she loves school and the rewards of teaching.

"It's so much fun to spend my day with kids," she said.

Moore has learned from many "master educators." She has received a warm welcome in Hayden and looks forward to working with staff, students and the community.

Tracie Patterson, 29, second grade, Hayden Valley Elementary School --

Patterson has lived in Steamboat Springs for five years and was a newspaper reporter before embarking on a teaching career. She worked as a student-teacher at Soda Creek Elementary Sch--ool, and this will be her first year as a full-time teacher. Patterson describes her teaching style as fun and interactive.

"I don't like to sit still, so I don't make my students sit still for too long," she said.

Patterson "fell in love" with the classroom while working as an education reporter. She said she loves to learn and enjoys teaching students to be lifelong learners.

Amy Morris, 42, middle school resource teacher, Hayden Middle School --

Morris will be supporting all middle school students in the classroom. She has lived in Routt County since 1984 and previously worked as a literacy teacher and resource aide at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Morris describes her style as very hands-on and interactive. She decided to become a teacher after volunteering at her son's preschool in Hayden. Morris is looking forward to meeting and getting to know the students.

Jennifer Spurlock, 23, seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher, Hayden Middle School

Spurlock moved to Steamboat Springs in February and soon took over as a short-term math teacher in Hayden. This will be her first full school year as a teacher. She also worked as a student-teacher in South Africa while she was a student at Ohio University. Spurlock strives to relate math to real-world concepts and issues so students understand its importance. She is looking forward to a fresh start and working with students she didn't get to know during the past school year.

Betty Fink, 24, high school math, middle school basketball coach, Hayden High School --

Fink recently moved to Hayden from Harrisburg, S.D. She taught high school math in Beresford, S.D., while training to become a teacher at the University of South Dakota. Fink uses different teaching styles involving a variety of materials and technology. Teaching always has been her goal because she loves kids and enjoys the challenges of math.

Fink's role models have been teachers she's had that cared about students inside and outside of the classroom. She can't wait to get started with the school year and get to know students, parents and staff, Fink said.

Shari Vaughn, 28, ninth- and 11th-grade English and 10th-grade speech, Hayden High School --

Vaughn recently moved to Hayden from Denver, where she was an eighth-grade communications teacher. She describes her classroom as calm with firm structures in place as well as positive and negative consequences for student behavior and performance. She decided to become a teacher because she loves reading and writing. She is looking forward to getting to know students and parents and building on her teaching experience.


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