Gloria Whisner grew up on a farm near Traer with four brothers and two sisters. Because she was brought up in a musical family, she loved to sing. She was inspired to become a music teacher by her vocal teacher, Mrs. Cranke, who always had time for her students and made them feel important.
Whisner received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Wartburg College and her special education and reading endorsements from Morningside College. Throughout her education, she was able to travel across the United States and Europe to sing in places like Carnegie Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Today Whisner is a high school resource teacher. She helps students with skill deficits. After subbing for 20 years, she has been at ADM for six. In a normal day, Whisner co-teaches a Strategic Reading class and collaborates in three English II, composition and geometry classes. She teaches reading strategies and works one on one with students during study halls. Whisner finds “the joy of watching a light bulb go off with the “aha” moment of understanding” as she assists students to be very rewarding.
“High school students keeps us young at heart,” she says.
Whisner’s involvement with ADM does not end with the school day. She attends as many extracurricular events as she can. She feels it’s important for students to know that teachers truly care and want them to succeed in every way. She feels the expectations ADM puts on its students helps them succeed, and this is shown through both their grades in school as well as their success once they leave.
Outside of school Whisner sings in an a capella group, GottaZing, and spends time with her grandchildren. She enjoys music, reading, horseback riding and traveling. She attends the United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir, plays in the bell choir, teaches Bible school and helps organize events. She has been married for 32 years to Mike Whisner, the high school physical education teacher. They have three children Kyle, Alicia, and Kolby along with three grandchildren, whom they visit often in Kansas City.