I Teach Because...

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse.

Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
Jeff Cannon
Grade 5
Prairie Ridge Elementary School

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy watching the kids grow and mature as learners and as young people during the school year. The gradual social, emotional and academic changes that happen with each of them throughout the year are amazing. I like to be a part of that process and hope that I help stimulate that growth.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
I knew early on that I would be a teacher. My mother taught Middle School, my father owned and ran a Daycare Center and my sister was a Kindergarten teacher. You could say it just runs in the family.

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
One of my favorite student memories was from fourth grade. While going to school in California, my teacher, Miss Andre, took small groups of about 5 kids to each of the regions of California. Back then she was able to take us in her station wagon. We learned so much from this hands on experience.