January 2018 Educator of the month Jared Ropelato

  1. I always knew I wanted to work in the public sector and do something where I felt like I could make a difference and help people.  My mother was a nurse and I always considered her profession noble.  I became an educator because I had amazing educators when I was in high school.  I considered them amazing because they could put up with me AND teach me!
  1. I really enjoy working with students in an environment where they are comfortable enough to take a shot and be wrong.  We learn a lot from failure if we don’t let it shut us down.  I also enjoy the sense of community and family within the Wood campus.  There are little moments every day that make me thankful to be here.
  1. I have been in the district for 13 years.  I student taught at Wood as a student of Montana State in 2004.  I am fortunate to have worked here my entire career.
  1. In my spare time, what little there is with being Activities Director, I love to hike, hang out with my kiddos Jackson and Isabella, and photograph the natural landscape.
  1. It means that I know there are people who have my back and help me get through the tough times, like when I had my fall.  It also means I have a sense of obligation to be there when I’m needed.
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