Meet your teacher, Holly Bertram

COM-Meet Your Teacher Bertram

Grade/subject at what school: Kindergarten, Shamrock Springs Elementary

Number of years teaching: 13

Background/schooling (college & high school): Noblesville High School; bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Ball State University, Muncie; and master’s degree in education, Indiana Wesleyan University

Why did you become a teacher? I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children. I loved and adored my kindergarten teacher and I love to act crazy by singing and dancing, so I knew kindergarten kids would love, cherish and accept my silly ways of getting them to learn information.

What goals do you have for your students? My goal for all students is to “grow their brain.” My 5-to-6-year-old students know this is my goal for them and take pride and ownership in “growing their brain.”

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I believe in multisensory learning, so I encourage parents to use a variety of different tools (hands-on) to help their children with the skills they struggle with. I also encourage parents to let their young children play learn. Kids don’t play creatively much anymore and I truly believe that play is how young children learn. Also, parents need to demonstrate a love for reading to their children.

What is your favorite movie? “Just Go With It” and “The Proposal”

Who is your favorite musician or band? Coldplay, U2 and Mumford & Sons

What’s something your students might not know about you? I love Martial Arts and have a black belt in Karate.