Van-Far teacher Holly Jungers was recognized this week alongside student Halynna Yager after Yager’s essay was chosen as the best received by Barnes & Noble Store No. 2074 in the company’s “My Favorite Teacher” Essay Contest.
Lisa LoPorto, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble, visited the Van-Far R-I School District to present both their awards this week.
The contest began in January and essays were submitted through the first of March. Students had to write a thank you letter explaining how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate them or admire them.
Entries had to be 500 words or fewer.
Both Jungers and Yager will now have their stories entered into the Regional Contest for a chance for both to receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. If Yager’s letter helps Jungers to win the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year, Jungers and the Van-Far R-I School District will each receive $5,000. Winner is announced on May 2.
When I’m in Ms. Jungers class, I can’t help but feel intrigued. She always finds a way to grab our attention and hold it. No matter if it’s talking about the election or talking about history, Ms. Jungers always finds a way to bring humor to the lesson. It’s like being a kid again just watching a cartoon but learning stuff at the same time.
A few things I like about Ms. Jungers is she’s never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” but she always tries to find the answers to our questions. One of her quotes that I like is, “I’m an educator, not an entertainer.” The funny thing is she is very entertaining. I’m one of those people who think homework is fun, and her assignments are fun for me! Ms. Jungers gives amazing advice, it’s just the way she words things that make it sound like friendly advice instead of adult advice.
In any shape or form, Ms. Jungers is always willing to help whether it’s locker troubles, book problems, or anything. My 7th grade year, my locker wouldn’t open and Ms. Jungers was always there to help me. She’s one of my inspirations. She has this thing in her room where she’ll take the date and find an historical event that happened.
Ms. Jungers and I share the love of books. She’ll have a place on her board where she says, “Ms. Jungers is currently reading” and often I’ll look into it to see if I might be interested in reading it too. She runs the annual book fair and every year I’ve bought at least one of her recommended books which always seems to turn out great. She is a great person to ask what books might be good to read.
In 4th hour Social Studies class, we have so many cool lessons and often what’s going on in today’s society helps our lesson of the day. I like that about Social Studies and the phrase “history will repeat itself” is so true in so many ways. It’s amazing how much she can teach me in one day.
In conclusion, Ms. Jungers is amazingly informative yet still extremely funny.
Even if learning about dead guys doesn’t sound like fun, she can make it fun. I love her class and her as a person. She’s nice and caring, but will just tell you how it is if you really need to hear it.
Overall, she is the bomb! I truly look forward to her class every day. She is my No. 1 teacher! Halynna Yager