With a degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University, Neal Cronkite realized early on that he had a passion for teaching. Cronkite said, “Early in high school I realized that I wanted to become a teacher; I even spent some time my senior year volunteering in a kindergarten classroom.” Growing up in Kalamazoo, Cronkite met his wife at summer camp in the third grade. They married in 2005 and later relocated to Lansing where their son, Ian, was later born. The fifth grade teacher at Washington Woods Middle School said, “By far the most challenging part of being a teacher is addressing all of the diverse needs in my classroom. Every year there is always a wide spectrum of needs, both academic and social and behavioral.” With eight years of teaching already under his belt, Cronkite has been with Holt Public Schools for the past four. Every week Cronkite enjoys spending countless hours teaching 50 curious and energetic students math and science. He said, “I love working side by side with students as they struggle with difficult concepts and then cheering them on as they master fractions, division or whatever the current challenge. Most of all though, I enjoy building relationships with kids and teaching them not only to be good students, but good human beings.”
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