By Bob Dolezal
White Pine School District Superintendent
It is with great pride that I recommend Heather Sabaitis for District Teacher of the Month. She has the unique challenge of teaching a mixed class of Kindergarten and first grade students in Lund. Imagine teaching beginning social skills, the indispensable introduction of reading and beginning math concepts to multiple grades at the same time — a challenge that would frankly intimidate me. I have also personally observed her mastery of the elusive art of being firm but fair, of having rules yet maintaining relationships, all with the littlest students we have.
“I love teaching,” Sabaitis said. “This is my favorite age to teach because they learn and grow so much in one year. They can come in not knowing the alphabet and leave as fluent readers and writers. I love the new Spalding program that we have implemented this year! My students have picked up on it so quickly. The structured routine of the program fits my personality.”
Sabaitis always takes the time to find out exactly what each student needs to progress and in her determined approach seeks to meet those needs. Her eagerness to share her students’ progress with me is one of the highlights of my week. However, she does not work or serve for recognition, but simply to help and impact the little “Mustangs” she works with each day.
“I just want thank my principal and my co-workers. It has really been a pleasure working with them at Lund Elementary. Thank you Lyons Club for making this possible. I also want to thank the parents of the students I teach. If I didn’t have great kids, I wouldn’t be teacher of the month. This is such and honor,” Sabaitis said.