Meet your teacher: Gracia Lane
Grade/Subject at what school: “Librarian/media specialist at Oak Trace Elementary for past 10 years. Before that, I taught second grade at Washington Elementary, Shamrock Springs and Oak Trace for 17 years.”
Number of years teaching: 27.
Background/Schooling (college & high school):
Westfield High School.
B.S. elementary education, Ball State University.
M.A. education, Indiana Wesleyan.
Library science certification, IUPUI.
Why did you become a teacher? “My mom was a third grade teacher, and I think I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a teacher, too. I absolutely love seeing my students light up when they find an answer to something, when I announce who our visiting author will be, or just find a book they have been anxious to read. Books, actuall paper ones, are still a big and important component of our elementary students’ learning, and I am thrilled to be a part of that.”
What goals do you have for your students? “I would love for each student to find that special book that opens up the exciting world of reading. I also want them to be caring citizens and lifelong learners.”
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? “Well, read with them and to them, of course. Also, let them see you reading.”
Name your favorite movie. “‘Julie and Julia.’”
Name your favorite musician or band. “I currently love Luke Bryan, but still like groups like ABBA once in a while, too.”
What’s something your students might not know about you? “I played the tuba in the Westfield High School marching band, and I was on the equestrian team at Ball State University.”