Nominated by parent, Tiffany Sobella:
As the mother of twin girls with very different strengths and weaknesses it's been tough trying to find a teacher who can meet both of their needs. I found the answer in Mrs. Hoffert. Not only did she meet their needs, she’s exceeded them! Mrs. Hoffert is one of the most patient, kind, and caring people I know, but at the same time she is goal driven, hard-working and self-motivated. She gives 110% of herself every day and expects 110% from her students at the same time. All of her student’s have such respect for her and I know it's because she respects all of them. Mrs.Hoffert treats all of her students like her own kids and wants each one of them to become successful young people in our community. She is such an amazing inspiration to me sometimes as well, I find myself just listening to her teach outside her classroom in the hall, and I'm amazed at how she manages to make her job look so easy in a classroom filled with 34 third graders. I'm not sure how she does it, but I’m glad she does! Our school is definitely a better place with her in it!!!!!
Congratulations Sharyn, from all of us at K103!
What inspired you to become an educator?
I have always loved working with children. During my senior year of high school my parents encouraged me to volunteer at a local elementary school. I fell in love with the whole atmosphere of the school setting. The excitement that students had for school and learning was contagious. I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the world and realized that this was exactly the right career for me.
What do you like most about teaching?
Teaching is a passion for me. I love that my job is never boring. I have been teaching for many years and each year feels like my first. There is always new curriculum to use and new advances in the way that we teach. I am able to create an inviting and fresh look in my classroom each year. Every group of students brings a new perspective on life and learning. Each student is unique and each class has a distinct “flavor”.
What has changed the most since you began your career in education?
Technology has definitely changed the way that I teach. When I started I used a chalkboard and tape recorders. Today I am able to use a smart board and iPads to enhance the learning. My students create movies about what they are learning and are able to practice their computation facts on the computer. These new methods allow me to differentiate for individual learning needs. Advanced learners are able to stretch their thinking and learning while struggling learners get repetition and practice of basic concepts.
What would you like parents to know about your job?
I would like parents to know that I believe that they and teachers are a team. All players need to be equally involved and invested in the team in order for success to occur. I will do whatever it takes for students to experience successful learning and I welcome parent feedback and perspective. My job is much easier when I understand the dynamics of how a child learns and parents have a unique understanding of their child’s strengths and challenges.
Share a favorite story about your years in education.
A couple of years ago I was getting in my car to leave for the day. A car pulled in next to mine and a mother and teenage daughter got out. They were very excited to see me and I recognized them right away. I had taught the daughter eight years earlier. They wanted me to know that she was doing great up at the high school and that they attributed much of her academic success to the support that she had received at our school in my classroom. I was thrilled to see them and invited the daughter to come and volunteer in the classroom. She has been back a number of times over the past two years. It fulfills me to see a former student “pay it forward” and encourage younger students to work hard and to strive for goals.