Educators Credit Union values teachers. In order to honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, we interviewed teachers that are Educators members to get to know them a little bit better. On deck today is Allyson Betker, who has spent her entire 11-year teaching career at Washington Park High School in Racine.
Mrs. Betker teaches marketing and business. She also is in charge of the business co-op program the school runs for seniors. Yet, teaching wasn’t always what she wanted to pursue. She started at UW-La Crosse and after two years, transferred to UW-Whitewater to pursue a career in teaching.
Mrs. Betker’s favorite aspect about being a teacher is watching her students grow. “I enjoy working with high school students”, Mrs. Betker said, “It’s fun to watch them mature from freshmen year to senior year and kind of see where they end up. Sometimes it’s not always about the learning, but the life lessons and relationships”. She then mentioned how cool it is to watch a freshmen who may have been a bit edgier really grow and establish themselves as a professional student ready for college.
When asking Mrs. Betker what the most challenging part of teaching is for her, technology was the first thing that came to mind. You can probably guess what she is referring to – student’s addiction to their cell phones. She did make note that she understands students can multi-task but when focused on two different subjects, you aren’t fully paying attention to one. Her classes came up with a solution: students would put their phones in “cell phone jail” during class time. The students receive their phones back at the end of the period, which helps Mrs. Betker ensure that they’re focusing on the lesson instead of what’s happening on Instagram.
Mrs. Betker also had a very touching story about her greatest success so far in teaching. She had a student she had spent extra time with during lunch periods to help her apply for college. This girl wasn’t planning on going to college and really didn’t know where to begin with choosing a school, applying, following through and making it happen. After a few years, Mrs. Betker received an invitation to this student’s college graduation where the student thanked her for pushing her and helping her through the college process since she didn’t think she could make her dream a reality.
“For me, there are a lot of things. I like how personal they are and how friendly every body is”, says Mrs. Betker when asked what she loves about being an Educators member. “To me, it’s really fun when I go in and get to see my former students that are now working there. To see them, knowing I helped get them a job there as a teller and that they are still working there in different aspects of the credit union is really rewarding!”
Educators Credit Union encourages you to reach out to your teachers and thank them for all that they do. If you are looking for a creative way to show your teachers appreciation, head over to the Educators’ Pinterest page and check out the teacher appreciation board.