Name: Mia Freeburg
School and subjects taught: Pine Strawberry/kindergarten
College degree and major: Master’s degree in elementary education/early childhood minor
Years teaching: 16
Why do you teach? I want to make learning fun so that children will want to be lifelong learners. I want them to be great readers and enjoy reading.
Personal motto / words of wisdom: “He who stops being better stops being good.” Oliver Cromwell
Family: I have my husband (Ryan) of 13 years and my three sons — Rourke (10), Rogan (6) and Jack (3). I cannot forget my doggies — Puncher and Sargeant.
Pet peeve: People on a power trip.
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Reading, traveling and shopping.
Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Bush. I would love to know how to be pretty and strong at the same time.
Why Payson? We wanted to give our boys more room to roam with a bigger yard and more opportunities to be outdoors.
In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? My seventh-grade English teacher — Mrs. Lutnick. She had a great sense of humor that she used in her teaching. She challenged me to be a better writer.
What was your favorite subject in school and why? English. Reading and writing gave me the outlet to process and express my childhood experiences — good or bad.
What was your favorite year in school and why? Fourth- through sixth-grade. I was in a very innovative school for the arts and was allowed to learn through drama, playwriting and art projects.