TROY — Sarah Pacher enjoyed playing school as a child, although she originally wanted to become a nurse.
She started as a nursing major at Eastern Kentucky University, but something was not quite right.
“I wasn’t getting the satisfaction out of that,” she said. “I just knew that that was something I wouldn’t want to do the rest of my life, so I switched to education there and finished my degree up at Wright State.”
Pacher first came to Troy City Schools when she was working on her year-long placement for her master’s degree as a student teacher at Concord under Sharon Limke. Her first year of teaching was at a fourth-fifth grade building in Trotwood, and since then, she has come back to Troy as the new fourth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Forest Elementary.
A typical day in Pacher’s life is jam-packed but in a good way.
“I get here a little early so I have time to get ready and prepare for the day,” she said. “Arriving early gives me some time to catch up with my intervention specialist and my mentor, who is a fifth-grade teacher here to see if there are issues to work on. Then I get my day started.”
Her students come in and start specials, and while her class is in their special class, she is teaching her partner’s class social studies and then reading. After that they switch back and Pacher gets some time to get ready for the afternoon before having lunch. In the afternoon she teaches her own class social studies and reading.
“I try not to do the same thing every day,” she said. “Some days we are taking notes in social studies one day but for reading and language arts I’m doing something were they can get up and interact with each other as group work so they’re not just sitting at their desks.”
She does a lot of modeling for her students, where if she is going over something new with her students, she will work through it with them before letting them work out on their own or with friends. Pacher said she lets the kids work on their own so she can see that they are getting the concepts, as well as work cooperatively with each other.
“I think I’m at the perfect age with students,” she said. “They’re not super dependent on me all the time being with them all the time. At the fourth grade level they can handle those expectations, so if they’re doing silent reading or an independent activity they don’t need me to watch over them. It’s the best of both worlds — they still love coming to school and love to learn.”
Pacher’s teaching philosophy is that every kid can learn and for them to achieve she likes to set high expectations for my students.
“I’ve seen that if I put the goal really high they are pushing for that,” she said. “From my experience, the higher the expectation, the better performance you get.”
Pacher said she has a 5-year-old daughter named Sydney and six-year-old Golden Retriever named Penny, who she spends the bulk of her downtime with. The three of them enjoy going on walks, going to the park and being involved in basketball and soccer.
Pacher said she enjoys reading and cooking, adding that her daughter likes to help her in the kitchen.
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