Making the Grade: Chris Hall |

Making the Grade: Chris Hall

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkChris Hall, Dillon Valley Elementary School

Chris Hall is the media specialist at Dillon Valley Elementary School, where she has worked for 16 years, first as a classroom teacher.Hall was born and raised in Minnesota and headed west to Bozeman, Mont., to earn her college degree. During a student teaching stint in Colorado, she fell in love with the Centennial State, where she has been ever since.

Motivation: I love working with kids! I like seeing students make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the real world. Young kids are enthusiastic and willing to learn.Philosophy: The purpose of public education, I believe, is to prepare people to assume a productive role in society. In part, the elementary school years should involve socialization and basic instruction.But most importantly, my focus at this stage is on the development of skills, attitudes and abilities which will allow them to grow and prosper in the future. Because I believe people tend to work toward and live up to the expectations others have of them, I attempt to challenge students intellectually, emotionally and behaviorally by setting high expectations and helping students achieve them.

Modern challenges: Being the media specialist, I only have students for an hour each week. Because of my time constraints with kids, a challenge of my job is not being able to do more with them and build upon basic concepts.Accomplishments: Working at Dillon Valley Elementary with such a great group of people – I enjoy going to work every day, and I am proud of what I do.Role models: My parents have taught me so much about who I am and who I continue to strive to be. They taught me about responsibility, commitment and being a caring individual.

If I had $100,000: I would spend the money on maintaining small class sizes, on professional growth and, of course, more books for the library.Extracurricular: I love the great outdoors. During the summer, I enjoy biking, hiking and trail running. In the winter, I love to telemark, skate ski and play hockey!My students would be surprised to know: I have a three-legged dog.

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