Looking back on her youth, Amy Fronk says when she attended St. Charles’ Munhall Primary School, she never thought she would ever return as a teacher.
Yet that is exactly what happened.
“As a kid, no, I didn’t think I was going to teach at Munhall,” Fronk said.
Fronk attended Munhall in the 1970s and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1986. She began teaching at the district’s Davis School in 1993 before taking a break to raise her children from around 2000 to 2011 , she said.
Fronk said she’s glad Munhall still has the same neighborhood feel as when she was there, even though its student population has grown significantly since she was there. Currently, 497 students attend Munhall.
“I admire that it still feels like such a naturally invested group and although our borders now encompass many neighborhoods, our school community is very cohesive,” she said. “Students enjoy collaborating with their peers and the parent community works enthusiastically to create great programming and support for our students and staff. »
Fronk, who teaches second grade, decided to become a teacher because she wanted to make a positive contribution, she said. And that’s exactly what she does, said Munhall manager Jarrod Buxton.
“She always puts her students first,” Buxton said. “She sets high academic and behavioral standards for her students, and is supportive and flexible in meeting individual student needs, enabling them to meet those expectations.”
Buxton also said Fronk was always prepared for the day and planned “differentiated and engaging lessons for her students.” Fronk believes in improving to better serve his students.
“Mrs. Fronk is still working on his craft by attending professional courses and collaborating with building specialists,” Buxton said.
As the pandemic has created new challenges for teachers, Fronk is proud of how everyone in the district has stepped up to meet those challenges.
“So many people were so flexible,” Fronk said. “And that impressed me with the great adaptability of teachers and families.”
She prefers in-person teaching to distance learning.
Fronk said she wasn’t the only member of her family who was a product of the St. Charles School District. Three of his children graduated from St. Charles East Secondary School, formerly St. Charles Secondary School.
She said she was grateful for the education the district gave her children.
“Our teachers have done a fabulous job preparing my own children to succeed in school and contribute to their community and have the skills to take initiative in their own careers,” Fronk said.
Fronk said she knew she wanted to return to teaching. She missed building relationships with students and their families — an aspect of teaching she loves the most, she said.
“In this particular class, the students are so excited about the world around them,” Fronk said. “And it’s really contagious.”