Throughout the year, we’ll be introducing some of the great teachers, administrators, staff members, students and volunteers in our district. Today, let’s get to know … CHERYL HIPPENMEYER, Fourth Grade Teacher at John Hole Elementary
Tell us about your job.
I am a fourth grade teacher at John Hole Elementary. I have been here for four years but prior to that, I was a sub in the district for about six years. I have 26 students this year, which is quite a bit more than I’ve had in past years so it does make it challenging with all the different levels of learners, but I never back down from a challenge. Each day brings something new!
What are some of your goals this year?
One of professional goals this year is to instill the Zones of Regulation into my classroom, which has been very helpful this year and to also get more familiar with technology. I am not very good when it comes to that kind of stuff so thankfully, I work with some amazing teachers who help me with that! One of my personal goals this year is to make time for me; with school and a family, it is hard to take that “me” time but I am working on it.
Tell us about your family.
I have a wonderful family. My husband Matt and I have been married for 22 years and he is the president of his own company. We have two amazing kids; Matthew is a senior this year at CHS, and Sarah is a junior at CHS. We are very blessed because the kids are like best friends. We love spending time together, as a family, either playing games or just watching a movie together.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town, east of Columbus, called Gahanna. I loved high school and was very involved. My high school was pretty small, compared to Centerville; I only had 386 in my graduating class so preparing for my son’s graduation this year of 800 some kids is a bit overwhelming!
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I graduated Ohio University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and I worked for Express Clothing, for four years, designing knit tops and sweaters. During that time, I traveled to Hong Kong at least 3-4 times a year, and that was really fun! I learned a lot but didn’t feel like that was where I was meant to be so I went back to school at UD and got my teaching license.
What is your favorite book, movie, TV show or hobby?
One of my favorite books is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I love all the books and the movies of that series. For a hobby, I like looking through Pinterest for fun ideas.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in education?
If I wasn’t in education, I would be doing non-profit work for sure. I think that it is really important for people to take time from their daily lives and give back to the community. I even try to instill that with my fourth graders every year.
What is the best part about working for Centerville Schools?
I think that the best part about working for Centerville Schools is the level of commitment that the families of Centerville provide. You can see the level of pride that students, parents and staff all have when it comes to Centerville and our schools.