Mr. Wheeler's Class
Let the craziness begin!! 2020 has not gone as any of us had hoped, and I hoping we can get back into school as soon as possible. Going into a new grade can be fun, exciting, nerve racking, and scary (Especially this year). 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, and how we will manouver this school year. I wanted to use this letter to introduce myself, and hopefully ease some of your stress.
My name is Tim Wheeler, I am 45 years old and about to start my 9th 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, 3 years at Garner, and now beginning my first year at Grant!
Personally, I have been married to my wife Wendy for 22 years. She is a 2nd grade teacher in Solon, where we have lived for the past 16 years. We have two children; Payton is heading off to UNI in the Fall (YIKES), and Tyson who is going into 9th 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 wish I had a great answer to what this year will look like, 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, and while it may not be school like we are used to, I will do my best to make it a memorable year for all of us.
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.