ONALASKA, Wis. -- Every day, teachers are met with the challenge of getting through to kids with all different learning styles. And some say bonding with every student isn't possible. But one Onalaska teacher isn't buying that.
"I believe that I need to find a way to love all my children. And to do that I have to find out something about them, I have to show some interest in them," said Kate Mayer, July's Top Notch Teacher.
Kate Mayer didn't grow up dreaming of becoming a teacher... if fact she planed on becoming nurse. When Ms. Mayer realized nursing wasn't for her... she opted for teaching.
"As soon as I started, I instantly loved it, it was a wonderful match."
Ms. Mayer has been teaching for the last 38 years and is currently making quite an impact at Irving Pertsch Elementary School in Onalaska teaching 4th and 5th graders.
"What have you learned from Ms. Mayer? Um, she teaches us how to be good people," said Zoe de Boer, Student of Ms. Mayer.
"I think she makes us feel all like a big family," said Collin Rose, Student of Ms. Mayer.
Although, students aren't the only ones who benefit from spending time in Ms. Mayer's classroom. Ms. Mayer says they teach her.
Whether students are presenting Ms. Mayer with new challenges or a good laugh, every day in her classroom is different. When it comes to hitting the books, it's anything but boring.
"Even when we read the word problems and they draw out the things, they draw everything now so they show how it works. They'll read their problems in funny voices."
"We bring a lot of humor into math, the kids really like math a lot."
They also like Ms. Mayer a lot. And that feeling is mutual.
Ms. Mayer says that, "All their stories just keep me going."
Mayer teaches multi-age students.
She says by mixing two different age groups, students are able to develop and learn at their own pace.