We’d like to introduce you to Beckie Nieman, a teacher and librarian of more than 25 years.
She’ll be hosting us this coming December when the Busload of Books Tour makes a stop at North Pike Elementary in Summit, Mississippi. Beckie was kind enough to share a bit about herself and her school.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Everything! I LOVE my job. The library is the heart of our school!
WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL’S GREATEST CHALLENGE?
I think our greatest challenge is access to the internet via laptops, etc. Recently with Covid another one of our biggest challenges is closing the learning-loss gap and attending to the social and emotional needs many students face.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES IF YOUR SCHOOL HAD MORE FUNDING?
I realize academics/technology are top priorities, but I really wish we had the funding to update our playground. It would benefit all grade levels to have more options at recess.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL MAKES YOU PROUDEST?
Our kids are learning about how Character Counts. Not all schools have this and it really makes a difference! Our students are very kind and caring, and I am proud of the many ways adults and students are encouraged on a daily basis.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL TRADITIONS?
All of the reading challenges and days we celebrate reading! Dot Day, AR theme week, Read Across America Week, and The Global Traveling Mural project are a few we do each year!
Coach Pig also sings our Friday song on the announcements! Also, our PTO’s tradition of Teacher Breakfast/Lunch and, of course, the monthly candy cart!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL?
Our school has very hard-working faculty and staff. Our administration supports us and will try to get anything we need within reason. They have been duct-taped to walls, put on the roof as pirates, had pies thrown at their faces, dressed as our jaguar, and many other fun things to motivate reading. We love our Little Jags!
We’re so excited to meet the students and teachers of North Pike Elementary. Fingers crossed that our trip happens to overlap with the monthly candy cart.