We Congratulate Ellen Tschetter!
Hidden Lake Primary School
“I always knew my purpose in life was to be a teacher, and after my first year of teaching my own set of students, I know I made the right decision.”
Ellen Tschetter is wrapping up her first year of teaching at Hidden Lake Primary School in Dothan. She says being a first-year teacher during a pandemic was not easy, but knowing that everyone else was also navigating through a pandemic for the first time made it a little more painless.
“I was less nervous about being a first-year teacher because my colleagues reminded me that this year is not a normal year and we will get through it together,” Tschetter says. “I wouldn’t have made it without my mentor teacher and grade-level teachers.”
Jaci Coleson’s son was in Ms. Tschetter’s class. She nominated the second grade teacher for Wiregrass Parents Teacher of the Month.
Coleson says, “My son was nervous to start this school year because of the many changes that have occurred, but she has made this year so easy for him and me! She communicates often throughout the week with us parents and is so sweet!”
“When I heard that a student’s parent nominated me for this award, I felt appreciated and noticed for my hard work this year,” Tschetter says of the nomination.
She credits her former teachers, from Pre-K all the way through 12th grade, with her drive to become a teacher. Tschetter says each inspired her, made her love learning, and instilled in her a desire to do the same for other students.
“Having the opportunity to witness growth within my students in such a difficult year has been the most rewarding part of being a teacher.”
“It’s rewarding to see students grasp a concept that we’ve been working hard to understand or when their faces light up when they make a good grade on a test.”
Tschetter says her first class has taught her several things about who she is as a person and who she wants to be as a teacher.
“I am a totally different teacher than I was at the start of this year. I have learned to roll with things and not fret about the small stuff.”
She hopes her students remember two things when they move on to third grade: “to always be kind to others and that it’s cooler to be someone who includes rather than excludes.”
Ellen Tschetter received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University. She teaches math, reading, science, and social studies at Hidden Lake Primary School in Dothan.