Feature Teacher

Goal is to turn students into lifelong learners



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Mia Freeburg

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.


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