Annika Squires – East Lee Middle

Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Annika Squires of East Lee Middle School. Mrs. Squires teaches seventh-grade science and was recently recognized as East Lee Middle School Teacher of the Month for September 2020.  She is in her eighth year of teaching and her fourth year as part of the Rocket family.  In her time at ELMS, Mrs. Squires has served as Science Department Chair, a School Improvement Team member, and the MTSS Data Team Lead. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Arts and Science from the University of Michigan and a MAT in Secondary History from Columbus State University.

Mrs. Squires has a reputation among her colleagues for being knowledgeable, and committed and passionate about her work. When it comes to teaching philosophy, Mrs. Squires comments, “My mission is to teach students to love learning and develop a sense of curiosity for the world around them!” She believes that all children are capable of learning, noting that “All children have the potential to learn as long as we, as teachers, can tap into their strengths and interests.”

The teaching accomplishment Mrs. Squires is proudest of comes when she is able to stimulate students’ learning with new teaching techniques. She observes, “I am proudest of attempting new strategies and methods of teaching to reach/engage as many students as I can.” In her free time, Mrs. Squires enjoys traveling.