My name is Alexandra (Alex) Alspach and I am the Upper Elementary Special Education teacher at Gettysburg School District. This is my 3rd year at Gettysburg!
I grew up in Dupree, SD which is a small town located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. My mother is the business manager at the Dupree School District and my father drives bulk gas for Locken Oil LLC in Isabel. I have an older sister, Felicia and she works in Pierre at the Department of Labor. I also have a niece, Adrianna and she is currently a 3rd grader at Kennedy Elementary in Pierre, SD. I currently live on my boyfriendís family farm 15 miles northwest of Faulkton, which is about 40 miles from Gettysburg. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking, doing arts and crafts and gardening. I also enjoy taking care of our farm cats, so I guess you can call me the crazy cat lady!
I graduated from Northern State University in May 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education, along with minors in Special Education, Art; endorsements in Reading and Volleyball Coaching. I completed my Special Education endorsement in May 2016 from Black Hills State University online.
I love working with children. I believe every child has the right and the capability to learn. I acknowledge that each student is unique and has his or her own way of acquiring knowledge. I work to keep students engaged while they gain and apply the knowledge they have obtained, by using a variety of methods and skills I have collected during my time at Northern and from my experiences working with children.
I have a strong vision to help others and to become a compassionate educator that will give students an opportunity to explore, be creative and form daily discussions. Learning is something that needs to be fun and students need to understand why they are learning what they are and how they will apply it to their daily lives. I believe as a teacher I will need to be innovative on how students in my classroom will learn, I respect who they are in their day to day lives and recognize and appreciate their diversity.
I believe that collaboration with others will be essential. The community has a vested interest in the education program that takes place at school and itís also very important to involve parents because they are a key factor to public education being successful. Education is always changing and we will need to be ready and try new things to be successful.
The 5 B's
Be polite, listen to others and take care of property.
Be kind and gentle.
Think about other people's feelings.
Make sure you are in safe place and act in a safe manner.
Be sensible and take responsibility for your actions.
Be the best you can.
Do your best in everything you do.