For 15 years, Patti Allen has taught in the Ames Community School District. Her approach to teaching emphasizes playing to her students’ strengths, and is why Allen received the Wooding Award for Excellence in Education for Edwards Elementary.
After coming to Ames in 200, Allen started her career in the district teaching fourth grade at Roosevelt. After that year, she made the move to third grade at Edwards, where she has been ever since. She is incredibly thankful for the support she has in the school and community.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers at Edwards Elementary. The best part of teaching for me is the diversity of our student population and getting to know the students and their families. I have developed life-long friendships with teachers and parents in this community. I cannot imagine a better place to teach.”
Although third grade is still a young age to teach, Allen treats her students with great respect and gives them opportunities to think and act more like adults.
“I allow students to actively participate in the classroom by encouraging them to share their ideas and opinions. When a problem or issue arises, we’ll discuss it as a class and talk about how to solve the problem and brainstorm ideas about what to do differently in the future.”
Allen also works to instill in her students the same love of service and charity that she possesses.
“I have had many opportunities over the years to be involved in mission work and contribute to the growth and development of projects for families here and around the world. We do service learning projects as a class as well: raising awareness and money for the Wildlife Care Clinic here in Ames, making blankets for senior citizens, writing cards and letters to brighten someone’s day, creating a special “box of love” for someone who is sick or hurting, sending money and clothing to an orphanage, writing letters to soldiers overseas. Special and various needs arise every year and we try to think of what we can do as a class that would help.”
Her “gentle but firm” approach to teaching has allowed Allen to connect with, but also lead, her students in a positive and effective way.
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