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Kelly Wenger
1st grade teacher

Reason for selection:
Mrs. Wenger is very dedicated to not only her students’ learning, but also taking pride in being part of the Dalton community.

1. What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools.

It has been an absolute privilege to be a team member at the Dalton Local Schools. The staff at Dalton, the students and their families, community members and businesses have worked together throughout the years to take a tradition of excellence and continue to strive to make it better. I love that the small district allows me to watch many of the students grow and achieve through high school, and since I have been here a while, I often get to help their children get their start in reading! Although there are a few drawbacks, I do think it is really important to live in the community where I teach and I am fortunate to do so. The relationships with students and the staff here at Dalton are key. Of course my teaching team in first grade are always combining our brain power to create new and better learning experiences for the students. All of these things combine to make Dalton the best place to be!

2. How did you get to where you are today?

I graduated from Dalton High School and continued my education at Wayne College and Malone College. I did my student teaching at Dalton Elementary. I was lucky enough to be hired to begin my teaching career as a ½ time Kindergarten teacher at Kidron Elementary. In 1997 I completed my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. I had some of the best of the icons of the community for instructors and administrators to guide me along the way. I enjoyed doing my student teaching under my second grade teacher, Mrs. Ethel Streb. During my first 6 years I taught Kindergarten, 1st/2nd splits and a 2nd/3rd split. From there I have remained with 1st grade. Most recently I had a taste of 6th grade through last year’s online program. I will stick with first graders! They are eager to learn and are even shorter than I am. 🙂 I appreciate all that my husband and parents and children have sacrificed through the years to get me to where I am today.

3. Tell us one interesting little fact about yourself that people would be surprised to hear.

There isn’t much about me that would be a surprise. Straight from high school I went to Timken Mercy’s School of Radiologic Technology for a short time. It didn’t take long for God to call me to be where he wanted me. (I’d be glad to share that story with individuals if they would like to know.) As a result of that transition, I also had a job making donuts in the wee hours of the morning. As the daughter of a dentist, some also find it interesting to know that I still have 3 baby teeth.:)

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