Chris Leichsenring, an English teacher at Clarion-Goldfield, was “born to teach.” When she was a little girl, she would play school and when she was in 8th grade, her own teacher at the time pulled her aside and told her she should be a teacher. Sitting in a room surrounded by high school seniors, she looked like she belonged and most of all, she looked in her element.
When asked if what she hated the most about teaching, she answered grading her students’ papers. Not because it was time-consuming (which it is), but rather because Mrs. Leichsenring hates to have to put a grade on a person’s own creative writing. She really cares about her students and you can tell by her always relaxed tone of voice.
She smiles when a student asks her if she would consider teaching another subject. It is a smile her students are used to seeing. Mrs. Leichsenring answers cheerfully that she would love to be able to teach Social Studies because “it would be so fun.”
Chris Leichsenring would never switch jobs, stating “I love what I do.” And it shows when the bell rings, announcing the end of class and her interview. Her students leave her room feeling as relaxed as she was during the interview, all with a new sense of understanding for their English teacher.