Getting to know our teachers

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Jeri Ayala-Thompson, an instructional coach at Butler Elementary School, works with a student recently.


Where do you teach?

Butler Elementary.

What grade/subject do you teach?

I am an instructional coach at Butler Elementary. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with all of our K-4 scholars and staff.

Why do you teach?

I love working with young people and in a career where I know I am making a difference. Each student that walks through our doors is unique, and I get the opportunity to learn with them and from them each and every day. Overall, I hope to help students understand their worth. I hope to help them understand that if they can dream it they can achieve it.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

Greeting the students in the morning. This helps set the stage for a great day. Who doesn’t love to be greeted by name with a smile and hug?

What are you working hardest on right now?

I am working closely with our Building Leadership Team and administrator to ensure we stay focused on our goals and teaching and learning. I recently made the decision to obtain an administrative endorsement, so I am completing the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy application. “We can all do hard things!”

What are you most proud of as a teacher?

I am most proud of my ability to build relationships with all stakeholders and my drive to never stop learning to ensure equitable outcomes for all of our scholars.

What makes you happiest as a teacher?

The lightbulb moments, when students begin to make sense of their own learning. When they begin to believe in themselves as learners is pure joy.

How do you contribute to/how are you involved in our community outside of school?

One of my favorite things I do outside of school is volunteering to do hair for Prom Court, where our special needs students get to shine.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of school?

I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with my family and our dogs. During wrestling season you will find me front and center cheering on the Dodgers and supporting my husband.

What do you wish your students/families knew about you?

One thing I would like our Butler scholars and families to know is that I truly believe every child needs a champion and like Ms. Beck was for me, I strive daily to be a champion for all of our scholars in their relentless pursuit in achieving their goals.

What does Together We Rise mean to you?

Alone we can only do so much, but together we can achieve anything.


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