Grade 1/2 Teacher
My name is Emma Lenz and I am one of the Grade 1-2 teachers at Coalhurst Elementary. This is year “32” for me, going into my 11th at C.E.S., after 21 years as a high school teacher. I have had the joy of teaching many of the parents of students I am currently working with.
I have a passion for teaching literacy and numeracy, always pursuing new ways to reach students in innovative ways so as to draw out the best in them.
“They may forget what you said (taught), but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” This is the underlying premise of what I believe about teaching. I can have a great handle on the curriculum but if the students don’t believe I care about them and have their best interests at heart, they are not going to be able to reach their greatest potential. I want my classroom to be a place where students feel welcomed, safe and loved; a place where they are encouraged to do their best – whatever that looks like at any given moment. I believe that a child needs to be given the opportunity to practice independence and to be challenged to get as far as he/she is able, both academically and socially.
When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my family, to read, to run and to fish.