While Jacque Seidl didn’t grow up in Adel, her hometown of Coon Rapids reminds her a lot of it. As a child, she was always playing school, and her mom inspired her love of reading. After her first daughter was born, Seidl realized she wanted a job that allowed her to pursue her passion for learning and for children. She attended Simpson College for her undergraduate degree and has begun working toward a master’s in library sciences at University of Northern Iowa.
This year will be Seidl’s seventh year teaching at ADM High School, the only school district she has worked for. She is in the language arts department, teaching speech, creative writing and Advanced Placement language and composition.
There is no regular day for Seidl. Her job presents new challenges every hour, a quality she enjoys. Her classes push students out of their comfort zones — especially the dreaded speech class. She does her best to help students overcome their negative outlooks on public speaking and gain confidence in their speaking skills.
“There is nothing better than to see your students succeed and knowing you played a part in their success,” Seidl says.
She also loves to see the growth in the juniors and seniors that she has in class.
The fact that the teachers at the high school like to have fun makes Seidl enjoy her job even more. She considers many of her co-workers to be some of her closest friends. Some of her favorite memories at ADMHS are the homecoming teacher skits and taking a group of students to London along with co-worker Della Weems.
Besides classroom teaching, Seidl is the coach of the high school speech team, which won the Readers’ Theatre All-State banner in 2011. She ranks the win high in her accomplishments. She is not only involved with the ADM team, but works with the State Speech Association as well. She also coaches middle school volleyball, where she enjoys seeing the athletes right when they start out and helping them develop fundamental skills that they will later use in high school.