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Appreciating teachers

May 6, 2013

Morning News — Leslie Mielke Tammi Dayley has been teaching in Blackfoot for 32 years. Standing with her is fifth grader Brock Armstrong (left) and third grader Bentley Briscoe. "Bentley is a math wiz," said Dayley.

Today is teachers' appreciation day.
Third grade teacher Tammi Dayley teaches at Stoddard Elementary. This year marks her 32nd year teaching there.
Dayley started teaching at Stoddard Elementary in January 1986 when she took the place of a teacher who left for maternity leave. She has taught first grade, Title 1 and third grade.
"I love the kids," said Dayley. "I love to see them progress.
"Third graders are like little sponges and they still really like their teacher," she said.
"What's surprising is that some of my students are now bringing their kids [to school]," Dayley said.
Her favorite subject to teach is reading.
"Most first graders come to school in September not knowing how to read," she said. "By January, they are reading up a storm.
"I also like reading to my class," she said. Currently, she is reading her third graders the book, 'Summer of the Monkeys.'
"I love the kids," she said. "I love getting a new class each year although this [year's] class has been so much fun, I don't want to give them up."
Differences in teaching from 1986 to now is the technology.
"There's more technology; we've learned it," she said. "Teaching, itself, hasn't changed much.
"I think the testing is out of hand," Dayley said.
"You don't go into teaching for the money but because you love kids," she said. "It's perfect for a mom because you are home with your kids during school breaks."
She plans to retire sometime in the future.
"I'm going to be a full-time grandma," said Dayley. "I told my daughters I would be Grandma, not day care.
Her husband, Mike, is the golf pro at Blackfoot Municipal Golf Course. The couple has two daughters, two sons-in-law, one grandson and one more grandson who is expected to be born within days.

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