Meet your teacher: Renee Beckner

Grade/Subject at what school: Sixth grade language arts, Westfield Intermediate School.

Number of years teaching: 17

Background/Schooling (college & high school):

Benton Central High School, Oxford, Ind.
B.S. Elementary Education with reading minor and kindergarten endorsement, Purdue University.

Multiple graduate courses, Purdue University, Indiana University and Indiana Wesleyan

Why did you become a teacher? “I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher and help to educate children. My positive experiences in elementary, middle, and high school continued to confirm that this was the career path for me. I have a passion for learning and want to instill that love of learning in others.”

What goals do you have for your students? “The goals I have for my students are to develop and grow a love for learning and reading. I want students to continue to build character skills and to do what is right despite peer pressure.”

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? “Read. Show your child that you are a reader, too. Read aloud to your child, read together, have a discussion about what you have read together. Read a book, then watch the movie, talk about how the two were similar and different.”

Name your favorite movie. “‘The Goonies.’”

Name your favorite musician or band. “REO Speedwagon.”

What’s something your students might not know about you? “I grew up on a sheep farm in northwest Indiana.”