TROY — Most people can’t say that they literally live a hop and skip away from where they work, although new Kyle Elementary Title I Reading teacher Aimee Winteregg can say so.
Winteregg taught in Northmont Schools the previous 11 years, where she taught first grade at Northmoor Elementary School and first grade this past year at the Kleptz Early Learning Center.
“I have always had a passion for reading, so it was a goal of mine to at some point be a reading specialist,” she said. “I was ready for a change and when this position opened up it almost too good to be true. It was the exact position I wanted in a school that was within walking distance from my neighborhood.”
Growing up, Winteregg’s family was big on reading and reading together. She recalled that one of her favorite childhood memories was her father reading the “Bernstein Bears” to her, and as a child she loved playing school.
Winteregg also knew when she grew up she wanted to be a teacher.
“I’ve known since kindergarten,” she said. “I loved my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McKee, and that was the year I decided to be a teacher.”
A typical day in Winteregg’s life includes working with several small groups of kindergarteners, first graders and third graders. She picks the students up from their classrooms and works with them on reading strategies, fluency and comprehension skills.
“It’s an enjoyable challenge getting to work with three grades,” she said. “I had to get adjusted to working with kids from three grades instead of just first graders, but it’s been enjoyable.”
Part of the challenge is figuring out what each student’s specific challenges are. Winteregg said every student struggles with something different, so it can take some time to determine what each child needs help with and how she can help them overcome that challenge.
The best part of her job is when she sees reading start to click with her students, when reading stops being a struggle and the students realize they can read. Some of her first graders come in as basically non-readers and then come out reading at a third-grade level.
“A lot of times it’s what they say,” she said. “I had one little girl say ‘I’m reading!’ like it was the most amazing thing in the world. That was a good moment for me.”
In her downtime, Winteregg and her husband J.D. enjoy getting outdoors, either taking walks around their neighborhood, boating or hiking in the wilderness.
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