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Meet the Teacher: Lacey Schiele

Lacey Schiele is a third grade teacher at Orono Intermediate School.

Lacey Schiele received her Bachelor of Science degree from Augsburg College in 2003. The Glenwood, MN native has a license in elementary education K-6 with a specialty in social studies for grades 5-8.

In 2007, Schiele completed her Master of educational leadership/athletics and administration degree at the University of St. Thomas. She says she is excited to be teaching third grade at Orono Intermediate School this year.

“I student taught at Orono and I coached basketball,” said Schiele. “The girls I coached are now seniors.”

Schiele comes to Orono with a variety of teaching experiences, most recently at the Minnesota Transitions Charter School in Minneapolis, where she taught third grade. She said the goals of the charter school were to create a diverse and safe classroom.

Her other teaching experiences include teaching first grade at the New Spirit School in St. Paul, teaching fifth grade at the Earle Brown IB School in Brooklyn Center and teaching ELL (English language learner) fourth grade students at the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, which is a Muslim charter school.

Schiele also taught third grade at the Hmong Academy in St. Paul, where she was named the 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year.

As part of her Master’s program at St. Thomas, Schiele studied abroad in Fiji in 2008. For seven weeks, she lived with a host family in a home with no stove and no refrigerator.

While in Fiji, she mentored a group of teachers who were nuns in a small village. Schiele said they didn’t have books because the closest library was a two-hour bus trip away. She only had a chalkboard and worksheets that she handwrote.

“They don’t have formal schooling like we do here,” said Schiele. “We brought materials to give to teachers on how to teach phonics, and we did sample lessons with groups of 100 kids.”

Schiele has been described as an enthusiastic and hard-working teacher who builds solid relationships with her students. She believes in getting involved in her students’ interests, which makes them feel comfortable and connected with their classroom.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake fishing. She also coaches the high school girls’ basketball team at Blake.

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