Teacher Spotlight: Amber Straka

We are excited to showcase Mrs. Amber Straka for our first edition of BT's Teacher Spotlight!

As you walk through the halls of Brownell Talbot, you will often hear students saying their hellos and good mornings to one of their favorite teachers, Mrs. Straka. Mrs. Straka has been teaching for 12 years, with some of that time in South Korea. She has taught in a variety of areas and grade levels and strives everyday to make her students as successful as they can be. Mrs. Straka has taught English in kindergarten through sixth grade. She also has experience teaching history and research in Middle and Upper School grades, and is the Hoyt House dean. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Straka also is the English language learner teacher for grades 8-12. She has earned two National Endowments for the Humanities summer professional development programs in upstate New York.

When asked what she loves about teaching at Brownell Talbot, Mrs. Straka said, “I like being able to teach a variety of grades and areas in history. I would not be able to do this kind of work at a different school. Plus, I get to teach in ways that make my students learn best, whether that's creating a mural, launching parachutes off the balcony, or having them create screencasts.” 

"When she teaches, she makes sure we can still have fun and learn at the same time. One time, we put up desks and threw paper at each other to resemble trench warfare in World War I! Mrs. Straka has so many great ideas and I love everything about her, said Emma Gould, '23.

For Mrs. Straka, the students are what make teaching fun.

"I'm so proud of how hard my students work. They have a ton of pressure on them from home, school, life. However, they still come to learn and explore at BT, it's really impressive.”

Mrs. Straka continues to inspire her students with her talents, gifts, and hobbies. Her goal this year is to get out on her kayak more and spend as much time as possible with her two daughters.

Thank you, Mrs. Straka for your continued efforts with our students and pushing them everyday to be the best learners and critical thinkers that they can be. We appreciate you!


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