November Top Notch Teacher

Published On: Nov 02 2010 04:32:53 AM CDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2010 04:32:00 AM CDT
November Top Notch Teacher

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Alison Frost has known she wanted to be an elementary teacher since elementary school.

"I went to Hamilton Elementary, and I had awesome teachers at that school, so I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with children," Frost says.

Mrs. Frost has 14 kindergartners, who range in abilities from reading and writing, to not being able to recognize letters at all.

Each day Mrs. Frost works to make learning fun for all of her students as she teaches them about counting, writing and character.

"We focus for the first six to eight weeks at the beginning of school, on really building friendships in our classroom. And, the most important rule that we talk about in our classroom is to be friendly and caring," Frost says.

When she's not teaching a lesson, working one-on-one with a student or translating a complicated concept down to five-year-old level, Mrs. Frost makes friends of her own.

As it turns out, she's pretty popular.

"Everyday they tell me, 'Oh, Mrs. Frost you're so pretty, or 'oh I love you're shoes Mrs. Frost,' and I could be not wearing any makeup or have on ugly shoes, but they think everything I do is fantastic, so I don't know of a better job you could have."

By the end of the year the students should be ready for 1st grade academically, but Mrs. Frost is hoping the character qualities that she teaches in her classroom are things her students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.