Jan 30, 2013 5:32 PM by Maddie Garrett
If you're into science at Cheyenne Mountain High School, chances are you know AP Chemistry teacher Janie Mueller. After 31 years, she's just as passionate about her job as ever. And that's why she's January's Teachers First award winner.
When you enter Mueller's chemistry classes, you can tell there's something brewing in the air. Students are hard at work, huddled around lab tables and working together to solve the day's lab.
"Every day I look at my class and I'm just awed at the fact that I'm looking at the next generation of problem solvers and I want them to be the best they can be," said Mueller.
But to her, it's more than science, problems and equations.
"I think there's a ton of life lessons they can learn. Our job is to bring up the next generation and yes, I'm passionate about that," she said.
Mueller said she had teaching in her blood from a young age.
"I actually was a summer counselor for the YMCA I think the summer of my 9th or 10th grade year, and I thought wow, working with kids is pretty cool," Mueller recalled.
Add in an inspirational high school biology teacher, and by college she had her calling to teach.
"I'm passionate about kids and again I just want them to do the best they can in everything they do," said Mueller.
But after 31 years in the classroom, Mueller said there's one thing that keeps her coming back year after year: "I have the best job in the whole world, and I'm not lying," she answered.
It's her passion for science and her students that makes Mueller January's Teachers First award winner.
"Sometimes they need that little kick in the seat, I'm ok at that too," she added laughing.
The purpose of our teachers first series is to honor the hard work of teachers in our community. You can fill out a nomination form on our website, click on "community" then "teachers first."