Optimism, playfulness sustain seventh grade teacher in North Carolina
This story is part of a weekly series that celebrates outstanding teachers in our Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
One day during Karie Frauenhoffer’s first year of teaching seventh grade, she pulled all the students’ desks together in a circle, where they had lunch with one another like family and ended up singing in unison the cups song from “Pitch Perfect.”
Ten years later, those students still remember the laughter from that day, but they remember Karie more. Her silliness – the singing and the dancing and the impromptu paper ball fights across the room – it’s what helps her students to thrive, and it’s what keeps Karie motivated, too.
“I’m a nut, and I own that completely,” says Karie, who teaches junior high language arts and social studies in Kernersville, North Carolina. “In my adult life, I’m actually quite introverted, but in a classroom, I have no shame. I’m willing to do anything to get this content to the kids and bring the content to life. It’s all for the benefit of learning.”