When it comes to any school subject, there are students who at first are not able to grasp the concept.
Helping those students have that light bulb moment, when they finally get it is what teaching is all about for educators such as Emilie Veith.
Veith, who is teaching both math and science to sixth-grade students at RVMS, grew up in St. Peter and earned her degree in elementary education, with a focus on math from Winona State University.
After earning her degree in 2004, Veith began her teaching career in International Falls. After making numerous trips home from the northernmost reaches of the state, Veith decided she wanted to find a teaching position somewhere a little closer to home, which had that small-town kind of feel she always appreciated growing up.
Veith found that in Redwood Falls.
She has also discovered a very supportive environment both in the school and in the community she now calls her home.
Veith admitted teaching science to middle school students was new to her, but she said she has been getting great advice from fellow sixth grade teacher Jane Sanchez.
Veith said she opted for a career in education because of her own education.
“Growing up I had a very positive experience in school,” said Veith. “I love school.”
The teachers in Veith’s life, from elementary school all the way through college, have had a positive influence, she said, adding so many of them were very supportive. Now, said Veith, it is her turn to give back to those who helped educate her by doing the same thing for others.
Opting to specialize in math was an easy choice for Veith, because it has always been a subject she has found to be easy.
“Math is something I really enjoy,” she said, adding it is her hope to help students find that same enjoyment in their math experiences.
She said the chance to combine her passion for math and her love of kids is a natural fit.
Veith said she enjoys teaching middle school students, because they are at a fun age.
“They are learning about themselves as they grow and develop,” she said. “They are becoming more independent, but they are also still willing to be challenged and are not afraid to try new things and broaden their horizons.”
Veith is a first generation teacher in her family, and she said as an educator she has found opportunities in her life outside of school to extend her experiences and advice to others in their lives.
Veith said it is her hope to emulate those teachers from her past in her own classroom as she makes learning fun and provides a positive experience for her students.
Page 2 of 2 - She said she wants to create an educational environment in her classroom where students look forward to what they are going to be learning about next as they continue on their educational adventure.