When Sara Weis graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in elementary education, she did not anticipate her career would go down the path it has taken.
Weis admitted education had always been in the back of her mind, as she played school with her sister.
“I don’t think being a teacher was ever a conscious decision,” she said. “Both of may parents are teachers, and so it just seemed natural to me.”
Weis added the chance to be with kids is always something she has enjoyed.
So, after staying home with her own family and doing daycare for more than a decade, Weis decided it was time to enter the world of education.
“I was hired at Cedar Mountain to be a para,” she said, adding, however, when the special education teacher the school district had hired decided not to come, they offered that role to Weis.
Weis was hired under a variance, and as she taught she also went back to college where she earned her special education teaching licensure – fo-cusing on learning disabilities – from SMSU in Marshall.
Weis spent the past six years teaching special education at various levels for Cedar Mountain before deciding to make the change for this year.
“I decided it was time to be in my home district,” she said. “I wanted to be in the same school as my family, so I could be on the same schedule they are.”
Weis said everyone has been very friendly, adding so many of her colleagues are willing to drop what they are doing to help her.
As a special education teacher at Reede Gray, Weis is working with 14 students who are either in second or third grade.
Those students meet with her on a daily basis, at different times of the day to go through school work, such as math, reading or spell-ing, they are not able to be successful at in the regular classroom.
Weis said to be a special education teacher means being flexible, as a student she meets with one day may be having a struggle academically and the next day may be facing some emotional issue. She is there to help with both.
“You just have to go with the flow,” she said.
Weis said being in the local school district has been a good fit, and she has felt very welcome at Reede Gray. She enjoys being with the kids and getting to know them and their families.
When she is not in school, Weis enjoys spending time with her own family, including husband, Greg, and her kids, Drew, who is in high school and Carson, who is a student at RVMS. Their oldest, Erick, graduated from RVHS this past spring.