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December 15, 2017
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Eye on Stillwater: Get to know Stillwater Elementary teacher Edie Wickes

Feb. 8, 2017 – Throughout the year, the Eye on Stillwater series will highlight those who help our students reach their full potential. It is a chance for the Stillwater community to get to know our teachers, administrators, and staff on a more personal level.

Mrs. Edie Wickes is in her 19th year of teaching full-time at Stillwater. She currently teaches second grade and also serves as the science coordinator for grades K-5. Mrs. Wickes grew up in Watervliet and has lived in Stillwater for the past 28 years. Prior to working in Stillwater, she worked at Doane Stuart in Albany.

Mrs. Wickes earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a master’s degree in reading from Russell Sage College.

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What do you like most about working in the Stillwater Central District?

I really like working and living in the same district because I feel like I have a vested interest. Also, both of myEdie Wickes children went through Stillwater and graduated from here.

What do you like best about teaching?

I really like the “ah-ha moments” when a student comes to understand the concept being taught.

What is your favorite event that happens at Stillwater?

Some of us do an A-B-C countdown at the end of the year. For the last 26 days we do something related to that letter of the alphabet. Sometimes it is academic and sometimes it’s not. Over the years, one of my favorites has been the “freeze dance” game.

What is your favorite memory from teaching at Stillwater?

One of my favorite teaching memories was when I taught fourth grade and we were doing a land and water science unit. One student, who struggled with many subjects, excelled at this and it made him feel so good.

Tell us about one of your favorite projects/units of study and why you enjoy sharing this with your students.

I really enjoy teaching non-fiction reading and writing. The students get to read about a variety of interesting topics that they might not have chosen to read on their own.

What made you want become a teacher?

I was always inquisitive growing up (probably annoying) and I always liked planning and organizing. I think when you combine those qualities it works well for teaching

If you could teach a different subject area, what would it be and why?

If I wasn’t a general education teacher I think I would like to teach math.

When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old and I have never wavered from that.

What is the most unusual job you've ever had?

I don’t really think it’s unusual but I worked at McDonald’s when I was a teenager.

What would your students be surprised to know about you?

They might be surprised to know that I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon or that I rode on a motorcycle from here to Georgia with my husband and a group of friends.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I always like to spend time with my family, especially my 2 grandchildren. I also like boating and camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

If I had a million dollars I would make sure my family’s futures were well taken care of, especially my grandchildren, and I would definitely do a lot of traveling!

What are the top three items on your "bucket list?"

I’d like to take a Mediterranean Cruise, celebrate New Year’s at Disney with my family, and spend a winter in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

What are you currently reading/listening to?

Right now I’m currently reading Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power and Writing About Reading. I don’t really have time for leisure reading right now but when I do, I like reading some travel forums.

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