Education - Teachers First

Oct 18, 2012 8:44 PM by Andy Koen

Third grade teacher encourages students to challenge themselves

One of the things parents say they like best about third grade teacher Todd Hund is his patience. He is always eager to come in early or stay late at Fountain International Magnet School in Pueblo so long as it means helping students learn.

"I can kind of relate to those students that struggle because I was the student in class always going to my teacher for help before and after school," Hund said.

As part of the value system incorporated into the school's International Baccalaureate program, Hund encourages his students to develop essential life skills such as knowing when to take risks, being kind to each other and learning how to be a critical thinker.

"No matter who they are, they can always reach higher I believe, and always get closer and closer to their full potential."

Hund took a big risk himself leaving his job as a civil engineer to go back to school and become a teacher. He says the reward has been immeasurable.

"When the student understands it, or when the student makes a break through either behaviorally or academically in different areas and they see theirselves growing and they feel that success, being a teacher is the best."

For his committment to helping students stretch their limits and grow, Todd Hund our September Teachers First award recipient.

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