Sparked by her third grade teacher’s example, Tracy Wieneke knew she wanted to be an elementary teacher since she was eight years old. To accomplish her dream, Wieneke studied hard through her college years. Upon her graduation from college in Bemidji, Minnesota, Wieneke accepted her first teaching position in the sand hills of Nebraska. Being the sole teacher for grades K-8 in a rural, one-room schoolhouse, Wieneke discovered the joys of teaching in a small classroom.
Today, Wieneke brings her versatile teaching skills and love for children to her position as K-6 elementary teacher for Alpha Omega Academy (AOA). “The best part of teaching elementary students is experiencing their zest and enthusiasm for learning,” said Wieneke. She loves helping distance learning students solve problems in troublesome subjects like mathematics and finds fulfillment in hearing them finally say, “I got it!” Wieneke also shows students how to apply Scripture verses to daily living to grow in their Christian walk.
Wieneke not only relates to her students, she also understands the frustrations and insecurities felt by first-time home educators. She seeks to eliminate those concerns by familiarizing families with the distance learning process and encourages them to not give up. Read what one family recently shared about Wieneke’s invaluable guidance:
“One grammar school teacher we believe deserves acknowledgment is Tracy Weineke. She has gone out of her way to help our children with planning charts and feedback on course requirements. She does all this without EVER making us feel bothersome. This even includes answering trivial questions on busy Monday mornings! Tracy answers every inquiry as if it pertained to her own child. This quality is so rare in adults today; please post an article on this very, very special woman!” – James & Leslie L.
Wieneke’s busy lifestyle allows little time for extra activities, but her favorite moments include reading stories to her children, niece and nephew.
Wieneke hopes to have many more years of teaching and can’t imagine any job more fulfilling. Like her third grade teacher, she hopes to be remembered as a loving, faithful, and consistent teacher and looks forward to serving AOA’s distance learning students and families in the future.