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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Meet the new teachers: YME's Robyn Speh

  • There are a pair of new teachers at Yellow Medicine East, Bert Raney Elementary and the Clarkfield Area Charter School. Over the next few weeks readers will have the opportunity to be introduced to all of the new teachers through a question/answer exchange that follows after the jump.Robyn Speh grew up in Maynard and ...
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  • Robyn Speh grew up in Maynard and graduated from MACCRAY High School. In 2005 she graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Afterward, she taught for 7 years in Oklahoma before moving back to Granite Falls this past summer. She is YME's new Social Studies teacher.
    AT: What brings you to YME?
    RS: I was ready for a new adventure and a great job opened up at YME that was close to home, so here I am. :)
    AT: Why'd you become a teacher, and what's the best part about it?
    RS: September 11th occurred in my 3rd week of college as a freshman. Soon after, a family member was deployed to Iraq. I have also always thought that veterans and their stories needed to be taught to the next generation. Due to all of these aspects, I became a history teacher. The best thing about teaching is getting to know the kids I work with. This year I also get to help the 9th through 12th graders with getting prepared for college, as well as help them find and fill out scholarship info - I'm very excited about that new aspect of my job.
    AT: What do you expect to be the most challenging aspect of your work?
    RS: The most challenging aspect of my job is getting everything done in one day. I always have more ideas than I have time to implement.
    AT: What do you bring that is unique?
    RS: I have a ton of energy and like to make learning fun when class behavior allows it.
    AT: Tell us about your family?
    RS: My family's awesome. Someday I hope to be as cool as my niece and nephew.
    AT: What do you like to do in your spare time?
    RS: I love to discuss sports and attend games. Currently, I'm going through withdrawals of attending games at the University of Oklahoma (Sooners). I also have been blessed with a great church family and enjoy spending time with them. I love to travel internationally but also enjoy staying close to home and spending time with my family.
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