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Bixby teacher Jodee Haack knew she was in the right spot when she started her teaching career with Bixby Public Schools.

“I began my teaching career at Bixby High School and haven't looked elsewhere since my student teaching gig at the same place. I started out teaching French and Spanish, but I can have a tendency to get a little restless, so I've taught a few different classes over the years,” said Haack. 

Today she teaches AP Human and on-level Human Geography. Haack said it’s primarily sophomores that take her class, but occasionally she will get a brave junior or senior. 

For Haack, being an educator is built on a foundation based in faith.

“The biggest influence on my career has been, without a doubt, Jesus Christ. The way he taught with so much kindness and compassion, allowing people to come exactly as they were has helped me to understand how important it is that I do everything with kindness and compassion,” said Haack. “His way of teaching reminds me to have grace with every student, understanding that they all come from different situations and backgrounds, but what they all have in common is the need for love and understanding.”

As a faculty member at BPS, Haack said it’s the community that makes the job such a great experience and place to work.

“There are many reasons BPS is a great place, but the most obvious response is the community: the kids, the parents, the staff, and the faculty. No place is perfect, but Bixby is filled with many loving and understanding people and I have just fallen in love with the people that I work with, including students, employees, and parents,” said Haack. 

No job is without its challenges. With the current concerns over COVID-19, Haack looks for the positive side of seeing her students every day.

“Well, of course, the students are the most enjoyable part of a career in education! I love seeing their faces brighten when they start to see the world in a different way, or begin to understand an issue from another perspective. I also love being there for them when they need support and a listening ear. I've also had the opportunity to travel extensively with lots of students over the years and that is also amazing,” said Haack. “The biggest reward comes with seeing how much potential influence a teacher can have on a person's life because I have seen it come to fruition. I have students who say I have inspired them to become teachers, geographers, or even one student who told me that I helped her "become comfortable in her own skin". Those encouragements are always very humbling, and a reminder of how important it is to be consistent, but they're also my biggest reward: the evidence that I'm actually making a difference.” 

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