Hannah Schmucker knew ever since she was a little girl that teaching was what she wanted to do with her life. As a preschool teacher at Treasures to Grow On Christian Preschool and Kindergarten in DeWitt, she’s fulfilling that goal and then some. While also teaching, Schmucker volunteers at Trinity Church in Lansing.
Q: How did you get started with treasures to grow on?A: I went to Michigan State University, and senior year my mom mentioned there was an opening for a new teacher here. I was hired before I graduated college, so that was nice to go into graduation knowing I had a job. It was nice to know I had something secure upon graduating. I started here in 2008, and this is my fourth school year.
Q: How did you become interested in teaching?A: I’ve known probably since I was 8 or 9 — maybe younger — that I wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t go to school for anything else. I knew I wanted to teach with the younger ages working on the basics, the foundational information for kids. It’s fun to see when they really get it, and they understand the basic concepts. It’s really fun.
Q: What do you like most about it?A: It is fun to spend time with the little ones, seeing them learn and have fun. It’s nice to see them learn things that they’re going to need to know the rest of their lives. I also like the part of my day when I get to hear them tell funny stories. They’re so innocent and haven’t been exposed to all the technology. They’re watching cartoons, and they’re creative minds. You can imagine with them and create. You can do anything with them. We’re also a Christian school, so being an influence in that way is really nice — to be able to share a basic relationship of God with them.
Q: How else are you involved in the community?A: I go to Trinity Church in Lansing, and I’m very involved there. My husband and I coach first and second grade basketball. We worked in the church nursery, as well. Our church did something called a Christmas Journey, and I gathered 600 volunteers for that. Here I volunteer for a fundraiser we do, a live and silent auction called Spring Fling. This year it’s happening on March 10. I stay very busy, and my husband reminds me when I’m getting too busy. I admire him for that.