Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lauren Woltjen
Congratulations to Ms. Lauren Woltjen of Huntsville Junior High, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight!
Ms. Lauren Woltjen has been teaching at Huntsville Junior High School for over five years, and is currently the 8th grade Team 1 Math Teacher. In addition to her normal math classes, she also sponsors cheerleading and serves as the Student Council Advisor. She earned her Secondary Education degree from the University of Alabama, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. When she isn't teaching, Ms. Woltjen enjoys staying active by hanging out with friends, walking and running outside, and volunteering at the Downtown Rescue Mission. She is an active member of the Huntsville chapter of her alumni group, and enjoys watching historical and/or period movies.
"She's an excellent example of how you set very high expectations, but also meet students where they are," says Huntsville Junior High Assistant Principal Evelyn Coffey. She also says that Ms. Woltjen puts a lot of work into developing positive relationships with her students. Kate Flowers, one of her students, says that Ms. Woltjen is "very insistent about trying your best - you just always have to make sure that you do your personal best." Ms. Woltjen likes to encourage students to strive hard for goals, and she says "sometimes they don't know what they can do, so I like to push them a little." She says all of her students meet those expectations, however, and that she enjoys how excited they get when they accomplish something they weren't sure about. Victoria Ejide, another of Ms. Woltjen's 8th grade math students, says that Ms. Woltjen cares a great deal for her students, adding that "she actually cares if they're successful or not."
In addition to pushing her students to do their best and succeed, Ms. Woltjen says, "I want them to enjoy math."