Just who is
Teaching Position: 7th & 8th Grade Middle School Science
8th Grade Class Sponsor
Educational Background: Finishing Masters, Mental Health in Schools, MIZZOU
Bachelors of Arts, Elementary Education, Iowa Wesleyan
Bachelors of Science, Horticulture, Business Mgmt., Iowa State Univ.
Middle School Science, High School General Science,
Middle School Language Arts, Elementary K-6, Preschool - 3
Working Background: Clark County R- School District, 2004- current. Classes taught include
7th & 8th Grade Language Arts
Applied HS; General Science, Biology & Chemistry
7th Grade Science, 8th Grade Science
Wildthings Flower Farm & Learning Center 1990-2005, owner & manager
Personal Background: Mother of three adult children
Live on 150 acre farm in Southeast Iowa
Grew up in a Chicago land Suburb, before moving to IA in 1980
Favorite Things: nature photography, rock hunting in the creek, horticulture, entomology, geology, camping, anything outside, crime novels, painting metalwork, wire and bead work, memories, Buzza Motos, shiny things, retro antiques, smiling, hard work alternative and Indi rock, or just plain rock and roll turned way up loud, Pink Floyd, being happy, colors red & green, laughing, sitting on my porch, photography, videography, herbal cooking, Christmas Eve, riding the four-wheeler in the woods, Pandora Radio, a sky full of stars, taking pictures of the sky, coffee in the morning, basking in the sun, my Hundi, loud thunderstorms, deep thinkers, catching snowflakes on my eyelashes, frogs singing on the pond, old painted metal, teaching, shopping for junk, people that make me laugh, watching life, being a part of life, fresh air, family & friends, my dog and cat, learning new things, driving with the windows rolled down, paleontology, stopping to smell the flowers ...
( Hmm........ Guess I find a whole lot of things to have fun with in life! :-D )
"Don't just meet their expectations, but exceed them every step of the way" ....Mrs. Ekle
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." ....Carl Sagan
"It is not about how fast you get to your destination.
Its about enjoying the journey that takes you there." ......Mrs. Ekle
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." ...Galileo Galilee
"What we do for others is immortal." ...Albert Pine
"Touch a scientist, and you touch a child." .....Ray Bradbury
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the
moments which take our breaths away." ...Author Unknown
BTW: ( I LOVE those moments! )
"Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility." .....Gary Snyder
"There is a direct correlation between the level of happiness in one's life,
and the amount of silliness they allow into it." ....Curly Girl Design
"Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science." ....Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
....Native American Saying
"Come. Laugh with me. Make the world a joyous place..." .....Mrs. Ekle
Find me on Instagram: @Wildthingsearth, #Wildthingsearth
or Google: @Wildthingsearth
Why I became a Teacher:
After teaching adults about nature for fifteen years through my business, it dawned on
me that I was teaching the wrong group of people. It is not the adults, but their children who
will actually be the caretakers of our Earth someday. That's when I realized that I needed to
teach science to middle school students . As these young people become adults
themselves, our Earth will be in their hands. The future of our planet will depend on the
educated decisions our young people make.
....Our children's future depends on how they take care of this planet, which we all call home.