Getting to know our teachers — Mason Gotto
Where do you teach?
Early Childhood Center
What grade/subject do you teach? Kindergarten
Why do you teach?
I teach to give back to my community, which has built my capacity to be both a leader and a teacher.
What is your favorite part of the school day?
My favorite part of the school day is Morning Meeting. Each morning, our class greets each other by saying, “Good morning! I’m happy you’re here today!” The hugs, handshakes, and smiles I saw throughout this process were the perfect start to my day.
What are you working hardest on right now?
Right now, I am working my hardest on finding new strategies to best meet the needs of my English Language Learners.
What are you most proud of as a teacher?
As a teacher, I am most proud of the community my class built together this past year. Each one of them contributed something unique to our classroom, and my students learned that our differences are our super power. I am proud that our classroom was a place where everyone felt accepted and like they belong, and I am proud that my students accepted one another and celebrated each other’s differences.
What makes you the happiest as a teacher?
My happiest moments as a teacher are when my students feel empowered to teach each other.
How do you contribute to/how are you involved in our community outside of school?
In addition to being a kindergarten teacher, I am also the head coach for Fort Dodge cheerleading. Being the head of the program has given me many community outlets to be a part of. With my athletes, I am actively volunteering once a week within the schools and within my community.
What are your interests/hobbies outside of school?
Outside of school, you can find me and my dog at the dog park or cuddled up with a movie.
What do you wish your students/families knew about you?
I wish my students knew how much they make me laugh — even when I have to hide it.
What does Together We Rise mean to you?
Together We Rise, to me, has always meant working together to do better. As a student, I was raised by this motto and was formed into the person I am today by the teachers and staff that crossed my path as a Dodger. As a teacher, I plan to collaborate with families, students, and staff to truly rise together to ensure success for all.