By Pamela Campbell, Superintendent, Columbia School District
and John Hummer
“Great job helping your neighbor! You are a super reader! What an awesome author!” Those are just a few of the positive comments you might hear on any given day coming from Angie Hogle’s second-grade classroom at Columbia Elementary School. Her high energy and positive attitude are contagious.
Angie grew up in Addison and graduated from Addison High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Columbia School District is the only district in which she has ever taught, having started there in 1992. She spent her first 17 years teaching kindergarten and second grade for the past 10 years.
Angie is a teacher who willingly takes on some of our most challenging students. Her enthusiasm for learning encapsulates every student in her classroom. The differentiation provided in each lesson gives them an opportunity to experience success for the first time in school.
“I’m still passionate about finding ways to get all kids to learn,” Angie said. “Not everybody learns the same. I try to find different ways kids learn and tap into their strengths to make them successful – that’s what I love. I don’t keep doing the same thing over and over and over. If it doesn’t work, I do some research and figure out what to do next.”
Angie said she has written for and obtained many grants for teaching tools over the years that help in the classroom, including various building materials such as Legos and planks.
“I try to tap into her students’ mindsets to get them to be problem solvers and thinkers because that’s what we need for the future.”
Not only does Angie share her love of learning, but she also helps kids learn to love themselves. Many of our students have experienced loss and trauma and have been on the short end of love. By giving hugs freely and helping her students become successful, Angie’s students flourish academically and socially.
Not only do students experience a high level of achievement in her classroom, but parents of her students can witness that as well. Parents see great changes in their children. Many of Angie’s struggling students develop into children who love learning.
Over the past 14 years, Angie has served as school improvement chair. It is not an easy task to take on the challenge of helping her peers review data and getting them to focus on areas in need of improvement.
Not only has Angie worked with the staff, but she gives her time freely. It’s not uncommon to see her volunteering for Book Bingo, Family Science Night or Literacy Night. During the summer, she helps by supporting Columbia Elementary summer programs.
She unselfishly gives from her heart to each student in her classroom and our schools. She is a wonderful teacher and deserves our appreciation for all she does for our kids each and every day!