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Getting to Know Our Teachers: Amy Hinders

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Amy Hinders teaches Spanish at Fort Dodge Senior High.

Name? Amy (Senora) Hinders

Where do you teach? Fort Dodge Senior High

What grade/subject do you teach? Spanish grades 3 and 4

Why do you teach?

Initially I started teaching because I loved learning Spanish and I wanted to be able to spread the love of it by teaching. Turned out to be the right path for me because it turns out I love teaching kids even better than teaching Spanish.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

My favorite part of my day is greeting my kids at the door when they come in. I started something new with them using a Spanish phrase when they walk in and it is an awesome way to start class. They get to practice their Spanish and I get to greet them individually with a smile on my face.

What are you working hardest on right now?

Right now I am working very hard at making communication in Spanish attainable to my students. I know that when I was in high school, I would see a bunch of Spanish in a paragraph and want to just shut down. I would hear a bunch of Spanish and block it out. I am trying to slowly build on their skills and I look forward to them comparing from the beginning of the year to the end of this year so they can comprehend how much progress they made.

What are you most proud of as a teacher?

I am most proud of my relationships that I build with my students. I try to make them feel as comfortable as I can in my class, and let them know that I truly care about them.

What makes you the happiest as a teacher?

The students make me the happiest. I’ve worked in three different states as a teacher and no matter what, the kids are always the best part of the job.

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

I have a toddler and I don’t live in Fort Dodge so I don’t get to as many of the activities as I would like to, but I try to make it to at least one of each. I also try to buy one of whatever my students are fundraising like t-shirts or cookies.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of school?

My number one hobby is being a mom to Stone, my son. Outside of that, I love to sing and occasionally get to go karaoke back home!

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

I genuinely hope that my students know that I genuinely care about them. I want them to know I try to be as fair as I can be among my students. I also want them to know that they don’t have to be awesome at Spanish for me to think they are awesome people!

What does Together We Rise mean to you? For me, Together We Rise means that we set the bar high. Once that bar is set, we pull people up to meet us there. We all get better together and we help each other along the way.