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About Ms. Whittaker
Jo Whittaker earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Whittaker worked for six years as a one-on-one paraprofessional for a student with cerebral palsy, taught visual arts with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program for preschool through sixth-grades, and has taught third grade. She has volunteered as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for 25 years and is involved with the local Search and Rescue in many different areas.
As an educator, Whittaker prides herself in her ability to understand that every student learns in a different way and at a different speed. “It is my duty to discover these things and to work with the students in the manner that they need,” she said.
Favorite Performance Character Trait: Courage
“It takes great courage to have integrity, humility, and optimism, she said. “In the world today, we are being filled with so much dishonesty and negativity that it takes courage to stand up against all of that.”
Fun Facts about Ms. Whittaker
Q: What are three things about you most people don’t know?
- I am very afraid of water and heights, yet I am working to conquer those fears by training in rappelling and ice water rescues.
- I love to learn about everything. I am the person who wants to take things apart and learn how they are essential to the project.
- Other than my home, my most favorite place in the world is Washington, D.C. Every time I visit there, I feel like I have gone home. The history and atmosphere is amazing to me. I love everything about that beautiful and educational city.
Q: What is your favorite type of physical activity?
A. I love to walk. My husband and I walk eight miles at least five days a week. During our walks, we often get stopped to visit with community members, which makes it even more enjoyable. Our favorite time to walk is early morning. It is so peaceful to listen to the world wake up.
Q: What was your favorite childhood book?
A. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. I was named after the main character, Jo March. I read this wonderful literary piece for the first time when I was in the fourth grade. I read it at least every other year. Now, I love anything Harry Potter. My secret dream is to teach at Hogwarts!