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  • Julie Reuter

Interview with Horizon Retiree Mrs. Linzmeyer 

Written by Jocelyn Barnhart, Kensie Struttmann, Abigal Hardin, Alana Warren, and Zoey Middleton

How long have you been teaching? 

I taught for 14 years, including eight years in 4th grade at Oak Creek. I then transferred to Pewaukee to teach 5th grade and taught there for six years.  

What made you decide to become a teacher? 

Initially, I wouldn’t say I liked school when I was younger. I struggled with reading and writing. One year, I had a teacher who cared about me and helped me persevere and find a solution to her problem. It changed EVERYTHING for me. I decided I wanted to be that person for other students. I LOVE learning now and want to pass that along to other students.

What is your favorite memory of Horizon School?

I have SO MANY great memories! I love trips to JA BizTown and watching kids enjoy Camp Whitcomb. I also enjoy watching students shine in the 5th grade talent show, one of my favorite activities. I love spending time with my teacher friends at meetings and lunch.  Mrs. Quick, Ms. Booker, Mrs. Reuter, and I affectionately call ourselves the lunch bunch. 

What is the biggest struggle you overcame during your career?

Many students don’t like school, so teaching and engaging students is one of my biggest struggles. I want everyone to feel included and loved. I also struggle to maintain a good work/life balance.

What are you most proud of? 

I am very proud of my family: my husband, Mr. Linzmeyer, my daughter Emily, and my son, Jack. They mean EVERYTHING to me. I am also proud of what I accomplished during my teaching career. I am grateful to have a job where I help kids be their best and grow into intelligent, responsible, and kind young adults.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to enjoy a slower-paced life. I have always wanted to garden and cook and learn to create pottery, make bread, and do yoga. I plan to take lots of different classes that I haven’t had time for in the past. In addition, I love to travel. My husband and I plan on taking a ton of trips all around the country to different National Parks.

In what ways have you demonstrated and encouraged the COMMIT Graduate Competency in your professional career at Horizon? 

I have modeled and encouraged students to COMMIT by committing to do my best to help every student be the best they can be daily! Actions speak louder than words, and I hope my actions show my commitment to teaching and learning.


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