Meet your teacher: Tonja Clary
Grade/Subject: Media specialist, Maple Glen Elementary.
Number of years teaching: 15.
Education: Eastern High School, Pekin, Ind. B.A. Elementary Education, Purdue University.
Why did you become a teacher? “My dad was a teacher for many years and then principal of my high school. He inspired me to pursue teaching as a career. Also, I felt that teaching was a great career for me because I was very interested in several different subjects and decided that as an elementary teacher I would be able to teach them all. Finally, I have always enjoyed working with kids. Kids are amazing. Teaching is such a rewarding career.”
What goals do you have for your students? “In the media center I have many goals for students throughout the year with literature, research skills, technology, etc. However, my true hope for students is that they will have a lifelong love for reading.”
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? “I encourage parents to always read with their children. This is a very special way to spend time together that will not only help with improving reading skills, but hopefully will also help with encouraging an excitement and love for reading.”
Name your favorite musician or band: “I love all different types of music and many different bands; however, my favorite music is probably music from the 70s.”
What’s something your students might not know about you? I was born an IU fan and attended Indiana University for a year and a half before transferring and graduating from Purdue University. When I transferred it was hard at first to cheer for Purdue, but I quickly realized that I loved both universities. With our son now at Purdue, I will have to say that I am now a true Purdue fan.