New Teacher: Meet Linda Slotegraaf

MANISTEE – In order to introduce new teachers to the community, the News Advocate sent out questionnaires to new teachers in schools in Manistee County.

Linda Slotegraaf recently became an art teacher at Kennedy and Jefferson Elementary School. His answers are below.

LAWYER MANISTEE NEWS: Where are you from or where was the last time you taught?

SLOTEGRAAF: I am a first grade teacher from Pentwater Public Schools where I have served in various high school support staff roles.

MNA: What and where did you study and graduate?

SLOTEGRAAF: I got my bachelor’s and art degree from the University of Iowa. I am finishing my Masters in Education at Aquinas College and received my teaching certificate last summer.

MNA: Do not hesitate to add information about your family.

SLOTEGRAAF: My family and I live on the North Branch of the Pentwater River. My two daughters are 8 and 6 years old.

MNA: What are your hobbies or interests?

SLOTEGRAAF: I have owned my own jewelry business creating custom jewelry with semi-precious stones and metals, which I always love to create. I love the outdoors: hiking, swimming, hunting, fishing, sailing and traveling (if possible).

MNA: What do you hope to bring to your teaching position in Manistee County?

SLOTEGRAAF: I hope to help develop the joy of art for elementary school students here in public schools in the Manistee area. I believe that art is an expression and an outlet for children that should be explored and developed. Maybe I can inspire our future artists to continue to create and express themselves through their creations.

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