New Educator Spotlight: Rebecca Weber

Every week, we'll be featuring one of our new LPS educators to get to know a little more about them and why they chose to be an educator. This week it's Rebecca Weber.

Building/Department: West Lincoln Elementary

Teaching Assignment/Role: Special Education - Behavioral

Why did you want to become an educator? My own personal childhood is very relatable to the students I get to help. I understand where they come from and what their struggles and successes are. I enjoy making the connections and building those relationships with the students to let them know they're safe and cared for. I also enjoy giving them the right amount of "push" they need to continue being successful. Knowledge is power. I want the students to know they have access/the opportunity to become, do and be better - not bitter - with their lives.

What has been your favorite part of working for Lincoln Public Schools? I really enjoy how the whole district is supportive with new teachers. I love that I am able to contact anybody and everybody when I need help with something. Also, I really appreciate how the district holds high expectations for everybody to follow and ensures that their teachers are able to meet those expectations with proper support. I love how the staff at West Lincoln Elementary - actually, all the schools I went to - are so open to helping others and are comfortable with answering my hundreds of questions that I bombard them with.

Where did you attend college? Hastings College

What is your favorite part of being an educator? My favorite thing about being an educator would be building those relationships with the students, staff, parents, etc. I enjoy getting to know the students, what their passion is, and giving them the tools to acheive their dreams in their own way. I love letting students know that if they're doing their best, that's the best thing they can do.

Describe a time that you knew you made a difference for a student or group of students. During my student teaching last year, in a general education 4th-grade classroom at Adams Elementary, the students created a whole booklet on what they enjoyed about my time being with them. One of the students wrote about how sad they were about me having to leave for the semester but how thankful they were on helping them - not only with their work but how to manage their stress and anxiety.

What is a fun fact about you? One of my personal narrative papers from college is actually published in a book, "What Began As Potential: The Story of Success."

Published: October 8, 2021, Updated: October 8, 2021