Teachers discuss why they love what they do in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week

Each year, the incredible work of teachers is celebrated during Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers at Marshalltown Schools shape young Bobcats’ minds and ensure their pupils are prepared for life after school; in recent weeks, they have stepped up their efforts to reach students while school is closed due to COVID-19.

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, several MCSD teachers shared why they love what they do:

Kochem, Heather

“I love teaching music because I love to see how my students start as timid musicians and grow into confident musicians. It is amazing to see what they blossom into and their excitement when they join band, orchestra and choir in middle school after they go through one of my elementary schools.”
Heather Kochem, Anson Elementary and Hoglan Elementary K-4 music teacher


Finch, Julie

“One of the things that I love about teaching is getting to teach children of kids I had in 5th grade. It is neat to see how those students grew up, became parents and then work with them again in that capacity.”

Julie Finch, Lenihan Intermediate School 5th grade teacher


Chandler, Shelly


“The kids, the kids , the kids! They are the lifeline to my teaching.”
Shelly Chandler, Marshalltown High School English teacher



Pinkerton, Dori


“I love the students and their ‘ah-ha!’ moments.” 
Dorinda Pinkerton, Marshalltown High School math teacher



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MCSD administrators decided to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by recording a reading of the poem “A Child’s in Need of Us” by former Pella Community Schools Superintendent Mark Wittmer. Check out the video