Educators Credit Union values teachers. To honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, we interviewed teachers that are Educators members to get to know them a little bit better. Today we have Ms. Melissa Wemmert!
Ms. Wemmert went to Walden High School and was one of the first students to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s new Education program. She graduated with a Bachelors in Geography, a minor in History and, of course, her teaching license. Now, she teaches 10th grade World History, World Geography as an elective for Juniors and Seniors and 12th-grade Sociology at Case High School in Racine. She loves teaching different grade levels because it lets her observe how much they grow over their high school careers.
When asking Ms. Wemmert’s favorite part of teaching, she said, “Having a chance to build relationships with both my students and my colleagues.”
She’s excited to see how her students progress and loves being able to teach them something that might help them throughout college or get them their dream job. Though, teaching does come with its challenges.
“It’s definitely difficult to balance your personal life and your work life,” said Ms. Wemmert. “It’s hard to make sure that you’re doing enough for yourself and for your students because it can’t be all work, all the time.”
Now that she’s in the final stretch of her first full year teaching, she has finally learned how to balance the business that is being a teacher.
Ms. Wemmert didn’t even have to take a second to think about the teachers who inspired to enter the education field.
“Dr. Nancy Whitaker from Parkside really inspired me and gave me a lot of really good feedback to help me push myself further than I thought I could go, especially starting off as a new teacher.”
Ms. Wemmert hopes to make that impact on her students and already has received some appreciation for her work in the classroom. Even when she was substituting before her full-time teaching position, she would receive letters from her students thanking her for helping them through their classes.
“Even those small things are amazing. Knowing you impacted someone is pretty cool. I would say that that makes me feel very successful.”
Ms. Wemmert is also a big fan of Educators Credit Union.
“Oh, the convenience!”, says Ms. Wemmert when asked what she loves about being an Educators member. “It’s so nice having everything in one place!”
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.