2017 Teacher of the Year Finalist

Denise McIntire

CEA Indiana Teacher of the Year

My personal life led me to teaching. After my children were born I decided to stay home until they started school. Their school was in need of substitute teachers so I applied for my substitute license and started to work immediately at the middle school. It was my love of working with students that spurred me to earn my teaching license. But because I intended to work with middle or high school students I needed to choose a subject. I chose Social Studies since I love history. This is a passion that was passed to me from my father.

I attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at BSU, I was fortunate to be accepted into a semester long seminar involving the creation of a museum exhibit, in-depth lessons for grade school students, writing a catalog, and a DVD to be distributed to all primary school libraries in Indiana. Our small group (under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald Morris) spent many hours driving across East Central Indiana digging deeply into five topics in Wayne County Indiana’s history. Our subjects encompassed the Underground Railroad, the Whitewater canal, the new Republican Party, Quaker Trace, and the National Road.

I love teaching and I want to inspire my students do their own research. This means I need to help them find their interests. I love using visuals on the Promethean Board. I also use music and food in the classroom. They have eaten a World War I German soldier’s rations, a Nigerian meal, Spanish recipes from the time of El Cid, and foods from the Industrial Revolution.