For more than three decades, a Comfrey teacher has been giving it 100 percent as a science teacher.
From seventh grade to senior year, Comfrey Public School students have Karen Poortvliet as their science teacher.
For 33 years, she has been instrumental in teaching students physics, chemistry, biology, and other sciences and knows the importance of the subjects. "It's really becoming core to basic knowledge. It's no longer just reading, writing, and math; it's now reading, writing, math, and science and really stemming into the technology area, the engineering. That's becoming the largest focus," Poortvliet says.
Poortvliet has really pushed learning through technology, incorporating the 'bring your own device' viewpoint into the classroom. Kirsten Hutchison, Principal at Comfrey Public School says, "Her knowledge and training have been phenomenal and we couldn't do the strong science program without what she brings to it."
Despite this being her final year teaching, she stands firm on being just as dedicated to their learning. "The classroom goes so much better when you're giving it 100 percent of your energy and they see you're devoted to it and that it is of value."
Congratulations Karen Poortvliet on your Golden Apple and a well–deserved and happy retirement.