Trailside Elementary School Principal Kathleen Einhorn said that when Park City School District Superintendent Ember Conley introduced the idea for a different campus to highlight an outstanding teacher every month, Einhorn faced a happy dilemma. There were at least half a dozen teachers that came to mind, so she created a committee to name just one.

After deliberation, the committee agreed that "Pinterest addict" Krista Ingle was their "Teacher of the Month." Ingle teaches third grade at Trailside and has been teaching at the campus for 10 years. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in recreational therapy. She then received her Master's degree in special education and an endorsement in regular education.

Einhorn said that Ingle is an example of a true professional and a life-long learner who is not looking to teach every child but each child.

"She is not afraid to question me in the sense that she will ask why we are doing what we are doing and what it will accomplish," Einhorn said. "We teach our students to be critical thinkers, to question what they are learning, so I think that is such a positive attitude for our teachers to have."

Ingle was pleasantly surprised when Einhorn asked her to join her at the Park City School District Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. She was afraid that she may have been in trouble and had no idea why.

"She emailed me on Friday asking me to go to the board meeting, and I thought, 'Oh no, what did I do?'" Ingle said.


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"I said 'yes' and asked her what this was about, and she said, 'We'll talk on Monday,' which made me even more nervous."

During their talk on Monday, Ingle was happy to discover that she was not in any trouble. In fact, it was the opposite. She said her coworkers at Trailside deserved credit for success, because there are so many good teachers at Trailside that they all feed off each other.

When asked about her goal going into each new school year, Ingle said that it is never the same as the year before.

"My goals change day-to-day, even week-to-week, just depending on my students and how they are learning," Ingle said. "My students are always changing and growing, so my goals for the year change and grow as well."

However, one thing Ingle said she makes sure not to do every year is to break the spirits of her students. She said that teachers can make or break a student, so accepting who they are - no matter how different their spirit may be - is essential to build them up and help them grow.

"She does not just keep teaching," Einhorn said. "She adjusts based on her students, based on how technology impacts or assists the learning process, and she is preparing her students for both college and career."

Ingle said she is grateful to Einhorn and the committee who elected her to be the first "Teacher of the Month" at Trailside and that she agrees with Einhorn that many of the teachers at Trailside could easily earn the honor.

"I am very excited to have received this honor, but I know every teacher here is well-deserving," Ingle said.