Mrs. Rottman – teacher

What do you teach at LCS?

Middle School – 6th grade science and 6th grade health; High School – 9th grade health and weight training

How does your teaching equip students for the future?

First of all, I really hope that it equips them for the future! My goal when I am teaching is to help students really understand basic facts first, then dig into the “why”. Once students understand the basic concepts, they have a strong foundation to start asking questions about why things happen. Through guided discussion and asking them to tell me everything they already know, they often start answering their own questions – this is the fun part!

What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

My educational background involves an undergraduate PE major; however, I continued my schooling for several years and received a Master of Physical Therapy degree. I practiced in a clinic and in the hospital on a part-time and contingent basis for a several years and also homeschooled our 5 children for over 8 years. I tutored science classes and various writing and grammar classes during my years of homeschooling. I believe these experiences have shaped my approach on teaching in the classroom.

What are your interests or hobbies outside of school?

I LOVE volleyball. I played, and I have coached at various levels for several years. Currently, 3 of our daughters play, so I love to watch them grow and develop in a sport that they love.
Outside of teaching full time, coaching, and chauffeuring my children to their different events, there is not a lot of time to explore my other interests; however, I do find time to bake once and a while – cakes and cupcakes are my favorite!

What is something you’ve accomplished that you’re proud of?

My husband and I had our first daughter at the end of my second year of graduate school, and I still finished!

What’s your “catch-phrase” or something you’re constantly saying to your students?

I also often ask students, “But why?” I also find myself saying the next one quite a bit – When a student asks if they can go to their locker to get something, I often reply, “I don’t know if you can, but you certainly may.”

What is your deep hope for your students?

My deep hope is that every student will always ask why as they ceaselessly bask in the wonder of God’s perfectly designed creation, because furthering understanding always draws us closer to Him.

What do you hope students will remember about you or your class?

First, I hope that students know that I really want to help them understand – not just know facts, but truly understand. Learning is a process and students need to learn how to learn – not all students learn the same way, and not all students progress at the same pace. I try really hard to meet students where they are and encourage them to progress in the process.
Second, I really hope to stimulate wonder and curiosity about God’s creation. Third, I hope that students know how much we care about them and their future. I say we here, because I know that I am not the only teacher that feels this way!

What do you love most about LCS?

I love being surrounded by such an amazing and supportive group of people. The atmosphere created by the staff at LCS is truly one of a kind!


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November 17, 2021