Mr. Wheeler's Class

  • Picture Dear Parents,

    Going into a new grade can be fun, exciting, nerve racking, and scary.  I know because I’ve done it as a student, parent then later as a teacher.  What can make it even more scary for you is the fact your child will have a teacher that you have NOOOO idea who he is!  I wanted to use this letter to introduce myself, and hopefully ease some of your stress.

    My name is Tim Wheeler, I am 43 years old and about to start my 6th 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.  Over the years I have always worked with kids as a coach, and I have always enjoyed watching them grow and get better.
    To make a long story short, after a couple job layoffs, I decided to pursue my true passion.  I began going 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, and now coming full-circle back to Garner to be a Gator!

    Personally, I have been married to my wife Wendy for 20 years.  She is a 2nd grade teacher in Solon, where we have lived for the past 14 years.  We have two children; Payton is a Junior (YIKES), and Tyson who is going into 7th grade.  I am a huge sports fan, as you will see in my room.  I also coach baseball in Solon and at Cornell College.

    I am looking forward to this year, and making 6th grade a great year for your child.  I know I will not be perfect, but as many of you know, there is a great support staff here at Garner for both your child and myself.  Please know, your child’s safety and education are my top priorities!!

    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.  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