Name of staff member: Michael Linenberger
Position in USD #435: Second Grade Teacher
Years in this position: Five
Previous teaching experience: I taught fifth grade in Garden City before moving to Abilene in 2008.
Hometown: Washington, Kan.
What inspired you to go into education? As a kid, I struggled as a reader. There were many times that I wanted to just give up because I couldnít keep pace with what was going on in the classroom. I became a teacher to help kids reach their potential, and to reach those kiddos who are struggling to keep up.
A memorable teaching moment: There are way too many to mention. Every year itís neat to look back at your classes' work from the beginning of the year and compare it to what they were doing at the end of the year. The growth they make as