Name: Tracey Strehle

What do you teach? Seventh- and eighth-grade language arts at St. Bernadette Catholic School.

Experience: Seven years as an English teacher.

Hobbies: Reading, creating signs, stationary and posters on the computer.

Who or what influenced you to become an educator? My father, Michael Johnson, inspired me to become a teacher. He spent his years as an elementary school principal inspiring his teachers to learn and grow and become great at their calling. He continues to share new philosophies and strategies with me even in retirement.

How do you spend your summer vacation? During the summer I enjoy reconnecting with my four children, reading novels I have set aside during the school year, boating vacations with family and friends, reworking lesson plans and finding new teaching strategies for the next school year.

What’s the most rewarding part of being an educator? As an English teacher, it is always exciting when a student recognizes the beauty of language. In writing it is when they realize their ability to put words together that can deeply affect the reader. In literature it is the realization that authors have values, ideas and lessons to share with readers. In both of these lessons students realize they have something to say and how they say it matters. They get excited to find the right words and to share their writing with others.

If I weren’t a teacher, I’d be ... a writer. I would love to go on writing retreats in Colorado and write fiction. Some day, I hope to live this adventure and have a second career.

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