I Teach Because…

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse.

Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
Jason Gedeon
Grade 3
Erie Elementary

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
What I enjoy the most about teaching is watching kids grow into confident students who love to learn and take on challenges.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
While I was completing my undergraduate work at CSU, I started to volunteer at an elementary school close to my home. After volunteering for years, and with the encouragement of the teachers and principal I worked with, I decided to become an elementary educator. I took a third grade teaching position at Erie Elementary in 2000.

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
My favorite memory from being a student was my high school graduation day. It was an exciting day of reflecting on the schools, teachers, staff and friends of the past who got me to where I was. It was also the start of a new path.

Erie Elementary School