West Salem Panthers

April Top Notch Teacher

WEST SALEM, Wis. -- For students in Dana LaFleur's third grade class at West Salem Elementary, the sky is the limit.

"One of my favorite posters up there is 'No one can do everything, but everyone can do something," LaFleur says. "I try to refer back to that a lot: Find your strengths, find them. And then don't back away from your challenges. Fight through them."

After 20 years of teaching, LaFleur is still a shining example of not backing down from a challenge.

"I love my job. I love my job. Despite the fact that I'm disabled - I have multiple sclerosis - I just think I'm bless to be able to keep doing this, and I'm just really hopeful that I sort of instill that in kids." LaFleur says.


"She just inspires all of the kids," says student Madison Hermann. "She gets to every student in the whole class."

"The style with which I like to teach is kind of more of a coaching technique, "LaFleur says. "I think it's important to just give kids a taste, a mini lesson, and let them work, and then I go around and support and help and correct. That I think is important."

LaFleur hopes her coaching will lead her students to the most important things in life.

"I love it. I just love what I do. I love being with kids, I think what I do is important, it has meaning and it's just important for people to find that in their lives."

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