Meet your teacher, Tonya Gill

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Grade/school: Kindergarten, Maple Glen Elementary

Number of years teaching: 16

Background/schooling: Frankfort High School; bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and primary education, Ball State University; and master’s degree in building level administration, Oakland City University, Oakland City, Ind.

Why did you become a teacher? My own kindergarten experience

influenced my decision. I wanted to help build confidence in children through love and teach them not to fear failure but to see it as being one step closer to success.

What goals do you have for your students? I wish for my students to recognize their natural talents and those gifts to pursue and live their passion. I want them to believe in themselves and follow their dreams, enjoying every step of the journey.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to spend the time to speak with their children and listen to what is important to them. Have conversations about their day and be partners in their children’s learning by exhibiting a connection to the teacher and to the school.

What is your favorite movie? “Elf” and “Pursuit of Happiness”

Who is your favorite musician or band? I love all types of music and listen to artists such as James Blunt, Ryan Adams, DMB, Frank Sinatra. I love the big-hair bands from the ’90s, grunge rock and rock alternative.

What’s something your students might not know about you? I love vintage cars.