School: Lakeville Elementary in West Holmes

Residence: Shreve

Age: 42 years young

High school alma mater: Norton High School

College: University of Akron (Bachelors), Marygrove College (Masters), Ashland University (K-12 Reading Endorsement)

Family: Married 22 years to Robert Hopkins. We have three children. Andrew is attending the University of Akron. Adam and Hannah attend West Holmes High School.

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Subjects taught: 5th grade math and science

What is the best part of your job? With teaching, every day is a new adventure! What is written down in my lessons may just go as planned. However, sometimes the kids get so excited or involved in an activity or lesson that you just keep it going. In addition, I love learning new information from my students. I enjoy hearing their ideas and listening to their view on how the world works.

What is the most challenging part of your job? Every student who walks through my door is different. They are their own person with their own unique styles, likes and dislikes. Planning and preparing for various needs and abilities can be challenging, but it is also rewarding. I love seeing and hearing students’ reactions when they finally reach the “I get it!” level.

What secret to success would you share with students? There is no magic formula for being successful, but the main ingredient is teamwork. I am fortunate that I work at a building where the staff is a lot like family. We work together to do whatever is in our students’ best interest. The students at Lakeville are amazing because our entire staff cares for them and we care for each other. Succeeding in life lies in helping others thrive.

Your students would be surprised to know that you enjoy....? Spending time at the Wayne County Dog Adoption Center. My family and I started volunteering here over the summer. We help with walking the dogs, cleaning up and socializing the dogs. It’s quite fulfilling seeing a dog be adopted into their new family.

What’s your hidden talent? I have a wonderful singing voice, especially while singing along to the car radio! Ha! I also make a mean Chicken Paprikash!

If you weren’t a teacher, you’d be doing what? I would probably have a degree in zoology. I love going to the zoo and watching the animals. My husband and I have been members of the Akron Zoo for 18 years, and it never gets old.

After a long day at work, what’s the best way to relax? Getting comfy clothes on and going outside for a walk with the dogs. It’s even better when accompanied by family. There is just something calming about walking a dog and soaking in the outside air.