Mr. Wheeler's Class
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.