I Teach Because...

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse. Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
Bill Legg
Music
Silver Creek High School

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Sharing in the "ah-ha" moments with kids, and connecting with them on a personal level in their learning.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
I started out as a music performance major. I had returned to the U.S. after touring with Up With People for 13 months and started school at Washington State University. Around the first semester of my sophomore year I started working with kids on the community of Pullman Washington through coaching and music, and realized that I wanted to work with kids as a career. I volunteered at my former high school with the marching band and as a soccer coach for the local high school and enrolled in the teacher preparation program at WSU and the rest as they say is history (still being written).

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
My favorite memory as a student was one day in band when we were rehearsing Gustav Holst's 1st Suite in Eb for Military band. The second movement, called the Intermezzo has a great trumpet part that gets passed to other parts of the band and I loved it. I knew then that I wanted to be a musician so those experiences did not stop in high school.