Becky Conrad believes she is exactly where she should be, at the front of the classroom and teaching her junior high students reading skills that they can carry with them throughout their lifetime.
“It wasn’t like I always wanted to be a teacher; I just sort of fell into it, and then I fell in love with it,” she says, adding, “It’s very rewarding to watch your students grow and blossom, and this is a good school system for them to do that in. I was lucky to find a position here as a teacher.
“And I love my co-workers,” she says. “Everyone is always ready to start a new day, and that’s nice. Being around such positive people rubs off.”
Conrad is a graduate of Simpson College and received her master’s degree at Viterbo College in Wisconsin. Prior to coming to Winterset, she had taught for four years at Martensdale-St. Marys and worked with the special readying classes.
Conrad says her home life is all about quality time with family.
“I graduated from Melcher Dallas High, and I have a lot of family still there,” she says. “I love to go back to the family farm, and maybe the girls will go on a weekend shopping spree, or sometimes I’ll just stay on the farm, and we’ll go for walks to gather wood for the stove. I love doing little things like that; they are just fun.”
She also enjoys going to school events to watch her students compete or perform.
“Winterset offers such a wide variety of school activities that you could find something to go to almost any night of the week,” she says. “I also really enjoy following my past students, too. I try to make it to some of their ballgames or school events, too. To me, it’s gratifying to see these students go on to participate in so many school activities. I like to show them all the support I can. I’m very proud of all my students.”