Meet Saline Middle School Teacher Emileen Palka

 04/11/2016 - 10:36

Emileen Palka teaches sixth grade at Saline Middle School.

For the second straight year, Saline Area Schools hired several new teachers to educate children in the community. 

Today we feature Emileen Palka:

Emileen Palka

What do you teach: 6th grade

School: Saline Middle School 

Hometown: Temperance, MI

College: Indiana Tech

Describe your previous teaching or career experience: This is my first year teaching. I graduated from Indiana Tech last May where I earned my degree and played college volleyball.

Why did you decide on teaching as a profession? I decided to make teaching a profession for me because I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy working with people on a daily basis and being able to help students become strong, independent learners. I grew up in an educational environment and I always gravitated towards teaching and coaching younger students knowing I can have a positive influence on their lives.

Describe a satisfying moment on the job: When something clicks with a student and they reach a point where they are confident with themselves and their learning.

Who was your favorite teacher? Why? A teacher that I remember to this day that left a mark is my high school social studies teacher. He made his class fun and the content intriguing. I enjoyed how passionate he was about learning and teaching!

What’s something about you that might surprise your students? I am very competitive when it comes to sports and I love competing with my brothers!

How do you like to spend your time away from class? I like to enjoy time with my family friends, workout, play sports and travel.

What’s your impression of Saline Area Schools since accepting the position? I love the community of educators here at Saline Area Schools and I have felt welcomed and relied on from my first day. I have gotten a tremendous amount of help and support from my administrators, mentors, co-workers and I am very grateful for that.

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