Perhaps the most vital part of any great classroom experience is a teacher who is enthusiastic about the subject matter. When you have that enthusiasm, you can’t hide it.
Lisa Bjork, a teacher at Zemmer Middle School, has been engaged with students in some awesome service learning projects that have engendered a great deal of excitement at the school.
Students serve their community, learn in new ways and celebrate when a job is done well.
Zemmer Principal Matt Olson said this about Lisa:
She has gone so far above and beyond the call of duty on so many occasions that it’s difficult to focus on one or two things. This year, we began our first “service learning” classes here at Zemmer and Lisa was among the first to implement it. She had the kids do some remarkable projects including making over the grounds and having her students spend a day at Paradise Animal Rescue. She has been our co-student council adviser for the past couple of years and worked hard with our kids to develop leadership skills while supporting Zemmer and local causes. And when one examines her most important work, in her classroom, she truly shines as a teacher who is a tireless advocate for her students and fully committed to her craft.
Whether it’s chaperoning a dance, stepping up to serve on or chair a committee, developing curriculum, organizing a field trip, or whatever else is needed, rest assured that Lisa has stepped up for them all! Perhaps the best part of all is that she does all of these things with a contagious smile and a remarkably positive outlook that is seemingly unflappable. You won’t find a bigger cheerleader for our Zemmer Bulldogs than Lisa.
What a tremendous testimony about an enthusiastic teacher who has a desire to do whatever it takes to give her students a great experience. Kudos to Lisa for her commitment to the students at Zemmer. Keep up the great work!