Photo and story By Gracie Hedenberg
Beth Rieder teaches ages 4-5 at the Walter Ambrose Family Center Preschool, where she seeks to create passionate and lifelong learners. She says her passion for teaching comes from two places- her childhood as the oldest of five children and her kindergarten teacher, Ms. Deer. Rieder says that her aspirations as a teacher stem from that very special kindergarten teacher and she wants to give her own students the “same warm feeling” and encouragement that Ms. Deer gave her.
Rieder says her favorite part of her job is finding new ways to create an environment where her preschoolers can be “the researcher and the protagonist of their learning.” She says her students’ “curious nature and inquisitiveness bring [her] so much joy” and that she strives to create an atmosphere in her classroom that will make every child excited to come to school and learn. When she is not teaching, she loves to spend time with her two nieces and nephews, bake cookies, and rehab her house with her husband and two dogs.
Preschool teacher Beth Rieder and her students