Mr. Wheeler's Class

  • Picture Dear Parents,

    I wanted to use this page to introduce myself to you, since if you are reading this, I am probably your child's 6th grade teacher this year...

    My name is Tim Wheeler, I am 46 years old and about to start my 10th year as a teacher.  I am a graduate of Anamosa High School, and later Morningside College and the University of Phoenix.  I did not take the usual path to teaching as most. I spent the first 15 years of my “adult” life in the corporate world, starting in Clinton, Iowa.  

    To make a long story short, after a couple job layoffs, I began the process of going back to school to get my elementary education degree. I completed my student teaching at Garner Elementary with Mr. Martinez in 2011.  After that my teaching career began. 2 years in Calamus-Wheatland, 3 years in Lisbon, 3 years at Garner, and now beginning my 2nd year at Grant!

    Personally, I have been married to my wife Wendy for 23 years.  She is a 2nd grade teacher in Solon, where we have lived for the past 17 years. We have two children; Payton is a sophomore at UNI studying to be a teacher, and Tyson who is going to be a sophomore at Solon High School.  I am a huge sports fan, as you will see in my room.  When I'm not doing my day job, I coach baseball in Solon and at Cornell College.

    The one thing about being an older teacher is that I know I will not be perfect, but as many of you know, there is a great support staff here at Grant for both your child and myself.  Please know, your child’s safety and education are my top priorities.  We will focus on getting ready for Jr. High by focusing on being good note takers, learing to use our time wisely, and being organized.   

    I have an open door policy, and I am a strong believer in communication.  I do ask that you please be respectful of my time to teach your students, and honor my obligations to the school district, but I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can.  I believe we can solve any problem with a little communication.

    I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know everyone better as the year goes along.  

    Thank You
    Mr. Wheeler