PIQUA — Not only is she one of the new hires, Elizabeth Titus, fourth grade math teacher, has experienced along with other members of Piqua Central Intermediate the new building for the first time this week.
“I absolutely love (Piqua Central Intermediate School),” Titus said. “It’s been a good change.”
Titus supports the technical advances in the building and said the smart board she uses in her class has been a positive influence on her students.
“I love the smart board, I have not had that in several years where I was in my previous district,” she said. “That is very great to have an interactive tool for the kids to visually see what I am talking about.”
Titus, from Wapakoneta, has been teaching full-time for four years and previously taught first grade in Lima, but is now pursuing her passion teaching fourth grade math in Piqua.
From an early age, she has always wanted to be a teacher.
“I’ve always loved kids and teaching, that was just kind of my drive,” she said. Growing up, Titus babysat and volunteered as a teacher’s aide in high school.
Titus graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also obtained endorsements to teach higher grades.
Currently, Titus’ students are going to learn about number place value and will learn about different math techniques for measurement in the near future. She handed out a form for students to write their math goals and date when goal has been reached. Titus then tests her students to see if the goal has actually been mastered.
As a life lesson, Titus had her students participate in a toothpaste experiment that taught them the consequences of bad behavior. Students squeezed a whole tube of toothpaste and attempted to put paste back into the tube.
“It’s supposed to teach how easy it is to let bad things come out and how hard it is to take them back,” she said. “It’s about watching your words, actions, and being respectful.”
Titus’ biggest hobby is raising show pigs for the fair. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Reach Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340.