Teacher Likes Helping Students Grow And Learn

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Name: Ingrid B. Schon

School and subjects taught: Payson High School, Education Professions Program, Life Connections, Child Development

College degree and major: BS Education Minor Music, MS Curriculum and Supervision, Gifted Certification

Years teaching: 32

Why do you teach?

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Ingrid Schon

I love working with young people and enjoy watching them grow and learn. More than ever young people need guidance and positive role models in their lives — someone who believes in them and can encourage them to reach their potential.

Personal motto / words of wisdom: Be yourself.

Family: Married with three sons. My youngest is a freshman at Payson High.

Pet peeve: When people judge a situation without all of the facts and jump to conclusions.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: I love to hike, bike, ski, and enjoy writing.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Mahatma Gandhi. How was he able to maintain his focus and self-discipline while enduring criticism and punishment as a change agent for his people?

Why Payson? I lived in a small town in Illinois for many years and really enjoyed the rural environment. My ex-husband was transferred to Mesa, over 16 years ago and I realized the city life was not for me. I really wanted to get back to a small town again. To my surprise, I met my new husband a few years ago who just happens to live in Payson. So here I am, excited and delighted to live in this wonderful town.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Shaffer. She was my second-grade teacher and she took the time to help me during a difficult time in my life. My best friend at school had died of Leukemia. She was supportive and nurturing and really made a difference. At that point I decided that I wanted to help others and decided to become a teacher and the rest is history.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Difficult question as I love learning and am interested in all subjects, but probably history. I have a keen interest in people and what factors influenced their choices.

What was your favorite year in school and why? Probably was my junior year. That was the year I blossomed. I had an outstanding English teacher who took me under her wing. Mrs. H was an excellent teacher and challenged the students in class.

I was given the opportunity to teach my peers under her guidance, which at that time was unheard of. She really boosted my self-esteem and chose me for leadership activities as well. Mrs. H gave me acknowledgment and recognition as a student and future teacher. I am grateful to her for encouraging me to follow my dream.

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