Childhood dreams led to decision to teach
For as long as she can remember, Christine Bachtel always knew she would grow up and teach others. She just knew.
Now in her ninth year as an educator, Bachtel has brought that early passion to Lansing Elementary School, where she just began her first year as a teacher in the district.
"I played school when I was little - all the time," she said. "I always loved being in school and I always admired my teachers. I think that's what led me in that direction."
Bachtel, a first-grade teacher, has lived in the Lansing/Leavenworth area for eight years. For the past six years, she's lived in Lansing.
She previously taught at Edwardsville Elementary School for eight years and decided to make the change so she could teach in the same school district where her children attend.
Bachtel and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Taylor, 6, and Madelyn, 4; and a son, Ryan, 2 1/2.
Raised in Manhattan, Bachtel also knew she wanted to teach young children some day.
For Bachtel, spending time with the students is the best part of teaching.
She said she was impressed with the high degree of interactivity at LES early on in her new assignment.
"I really like how friendly everybody is and how helpful everyone has been," Bachtel said. "The parents seem to be involved with the education and with what's going on."
She said she didn't realize how much Lansing was growing until she took her new job. She teaches the eighth section, which was added this year to accommodate the grade's size.
"It's always been perceived as a smaller district - and it is - but it's really growing," Bachtel said. "I didn't realize there were quite as many kids as there are."
In her free time, Bachtel enjoys spending time with her family while camping, attending her children's activities and watching spectator sports.