Lou Ann Getz has found the key to a brighter, more promising tomorrow: her students. She believes that in order to make not only her community, but the world a better place, we must unlock the potential and confidence in young children who are the future.
“My goals as an educator are to help students see the world with new eyes and take steps toward finding a purpose for their life,” Lou Ann writes. In order to accomplish her goals, she believes one must know their students and create a classroom setting that brings out the best in them.
Lou Ann believes that a person should be a lifelong learner. Not only does she keep an open mind, she also encourages her students to follow what they love and never stop learning. A former student writes, “Mrs. Getz was the first teacher to help me explore the rest of the world in her classroom, sparking a passion for learning about other countries that has yet to fade.”
But it is not only on a professional level that Lou Ann Getz connects with her students and co-workers. She goes out of her way to learn about and genuinely care for others. A former student recognizes Getz for her passion and interest for others outside of the school setting, writing “When the actual (Geography) Bee came around, she traveled to Abilene along with my parents to support and cheer for me. I missed the finals by one question, and I was disappointed, but she let me know how proud she was of what I achieved.”
Lou Ann continues to teach and instill in others the passion for learning she possesses. She is constantly working to help others succeed be that students, colleagues, or future teachers. “Knowing my students, learning and teaching are ultimately what defines me,” Getz writes.
Lou Ann Getz earned her master’s in Home Economics Education in 1981 from Kansas State University. She is currently a teacher, a teacher leader, and works with training future teachers.