Tracy Lillemoen is our sixth-grade teacher at Livingston Classical Academy. Her passion for her students is contagious and she enjoys every minute of making an impact. She was inspired by one of her elementary teachers who gave her ambition to pay it forward with her students.
Read below to learn more.
Why did you become a teacher?
When I was in kindergarten, I remember feeling ashamed that I did not understand how letter sounds worked together to form words. During most of my elementary year, I struggled and thought I would never learn how to read. It wasn’t until 5th grade where my teacher, Mr. Springer, had an influence on me that I will never forget. I remember him telling me that important things won’t always come easy. He inspired me to look at the things I was great at and not to focus on the things I was struggling with. During this year, I found a love for science and math and became the first one in class to get a perfect score on our timed “math facts” test! It was a moment that I will never forget.
As long as I can remember I knew I wanted to work with children. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University, my passion for helping others led me to nursing school. I soon realized that I had an issue with needles; so I quickly decided to change my trajectory and pursue a teaching degree. Two years later, I had earned my Master’s in Elementary Education from Wayne State University and was ready to teach! It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I am a firm believer that when one door closes another one opens.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is when I see the light bulb go “on.”. One of the most gratifying experiences as a teacher is when a student says, “I didn’t get it, but now I do!” I love when their face lights up and I can tell they feel so proud of their accomplishments.
Which virtue resonates most with you?
All the virtues are very important to me, but if I had to pick one I would pick honesty. Honesty builds trust which leads to a safe learning environment. I try to exemplify the virtues and lead by example every day.
How would a student best describe you?
I think most would say I am open, honest, understanding, and fair (maybe funny, too!!)
What do you do outside of the classroom?
I love spending time on the beach with my family in Harrisville. I also love classic cars!