For April, the Spotlight is on Conrad Weiser Science Teacher John Clauss. John is a resident of South Heidelberg as well as a Conrad Weiser High School science teacher who has spent years teaching many of our township students. In our Spotlight article, John shares a bit about himself as well as how teachers are maneuvering virtual teaching during the COVID-19. For his Spotlight article John shared some thoughts on living and teaching in the area.
On living in the community where he teaches
"Many teachers dislike the idea of living in the community where they teach. I think it makes me more invested. I have taught many of the High School students that live in my neighborhood, and it has been a great experience. I like running into students at the food store or out and about. We really have a great bunch of kids in the district and they are always nice and respectful."
On the challenges of teaching students during COVID19
"The COVID19 time has been trying for both teachers and students. One of the things I learned pretty early in my career is that while the content is important it is really the connections with the students that make the biggest difference to both them and myself. I try to be a role model and be a positive influence in their lives. My Masters Degree was in Educational Technology, so I was better prepared for the switch to online learning than some others. That said I still miss seeing the students in the hallways and in my classroom every day."
We thank Mr. Clauss for his commitment to teaching our Conrad Weiser students. Please check out the full April 2020 Spotlight on John Clauss.