Sara Kraiter is a secondary English teacher at Falcon View Connections Academy. Ms. Kraiter began teaching in 2013 and joined Falcon View Connections Academy in 2019. She holds a master’s degree in secondary English education from Southwest Minnesota State University. She shares her teaching story below:
“I’ve always been a voracious reader, and it always boggled my brain when my friends didn’t want to read at all. It became my favorite game to find books to recommend to someone that would hook them in,” says Ms. Kraiter. “That transferred easily into a passion for getting students to love reading, if not as much as I do, then at least to find a genre or series that could draw them in! When a student calls me or sends me a WebMail message to tell me about the book they just finished, those are the absolute best moments for me.”
There are several reasons why Ms. Kraiter currently enjoys teaching at Falcon View Connections Academy. “First, I love being able to work one-on-one or in small groups with students so frequently, so I feel like I can give students as much help as they need with their work. Second, I love all the professional development we get here. I can sign up for multiple sessions each week to learn different tools to make me a better teacher. Third, I love my coworkers. You won’t find a more passionate, friendly, helpful group of people anywhere else. We are constantly working together and offering assistance every single day to help each other out as much as possible. We also strive to chat with every student every week, just to check in. There are frequent field trips so we can get to know them outside the curriculum too. We care, and I think our families can see that.
We have such high expectations for students in our classes, and then we offer them the support they need to help them achieve those expectations. We have freshmen reading The Odyssey and sophomores reading The Importance of Being Earnest. Students are discussing higher-level analysis skills in sixth grade. They learn quickly that they’re capable of so many things through this curriculum, and it sets them up to be active thinkers for the rest of their lives.”
In her spare time, Ms. Kraiter enjoys engaging in several outdoor activities. She grew up going to Glacier National Park every summer, and this ignited her love for fishing, hiking, camping, hammocking, and hunting. Ms. Kraiter makes it a goal to spend 1,000 hours outside every year and has yet to fail! She married her high school sweetheart, Coty, and they had their first child, Bear, in 2019.
The best part about our school is the flexibility we can provide for each and every student. They can take charge of their learning plans, and our role is to support them as they work through it.