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SYSK: A-P teacher is more than just a teacher to students


Brenda Schipper teaches sixth grade math and reading at Aplington-Parkersburg Middle School.

Schipper grew up in the area and actually sat in the same classroom as a student. She came back to class as a teacher about ten years ago.

"My hope for my students is they find that curiosity for life and learning and wanting to know what's out there," Brenda Schipper said.

Before going back to school to be a teacher, Schipper was a stay-at-home farm wife and legal consultant.

But she said she's always had a passion for teaching and for children.

"It's not to become rich or famous. It's to be an influence, a positive influence, in someone's life," Schipper said.

Sixth grader Kaitlin Marlette nominated her teacher for "Someone You Should Know."

Marlette said Mrs. Schipper is more than just a teacher.

"In math, if we don't understand it for our homework she makes sure we have her phone number so we can call or text her. She said it's not just there for math. If we're ever in danger, and we don't have someone to call, we can call her," Marlette said.

"If you have a problem about anything, she's really helpful. She talks about her family and gives advice," said student Grady Brungard.

Schipper said everyone at A-P Middle School puts the students first.

"You're there for them just like a parent would be," she said.

Schipper is especially close with students like Kaitlin Marlette who are also in her A.P.P.L.E. group.

A.P.P.L.E. stands for Aplington-Parkersburg Positive Learning Experience. It's an advisor/advisee program.

Schipper said it's not always easy being a teacher, but there's no place else she'd rather be.

"At the end of the day we're exhausted but smiling," she said.

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