Sheila Stalvey has been an educator for 24 years and her passion for the job continues to burn as brightly as it did when she first stepped into the classroom after earning her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina.
That enthusiasm for her students and their education is what led to Stalvey being voted Rockin’ Jump’s Teacher of the Month for February.
After being presented with the award, we caught up with Ms. Stalvey for a quick Q&A:
How long have you been at your current school and what grade do you teach?
I have been teaching at Forestbrook Middle for 20 years. I teach 6th grade History and LOVE it!
What led you into teaching and what continues to motivate you?
Teaching is something I have always wanted to do since I was a little girl. My parents were always a huge support during my journey of becoming a teacher. My students and their desire to learn are what keeps me motivated to teach.
What was your reaction to winning the award?
I was completely shocked and very happy when I found out about winning Teacher of the Month, especially when I found out that I was nominated by students and parents.
What was the reaction of your class?
When Mrs. Rutenberg (the principal) came into the class and presented the award, my students were so excited and started clapping. They were also over the moon elated when they received the free passes.
Have you been to Rockin Jump before? If so, what was your experience like?
I have been to Rockin’ Jump SEVERAL times with my grandchildren. We all had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves.
What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher?
The thing that I find most rewarding about being a teacher is knowing I have had an impact on the children that I teach. I want to make a difference by connecting with all of my students and having a significant positive affect on them.
Outside of the classroom, what are some of your interests?
When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my family and loved ones. I also like going to the beach to relax as much as I can. I also enjoy traveling every summer to different parts of the world visiting an array of countries. As a history teacher, it allows me to bring my experiences into the classroom with many stories to share.
I absolutely love what I do and couldn’t picture myself doing anything else and being as happy as I am!!!!