Teacher Spotlight


Nate Drake’s journey at Woodruff Elementary began four years ago when he volunteered to help first graders practice their reading skills. This activity became the highlight of his week so he applied and was hired on as a para-professional the following year.  

As a para-professional he worked with small reading groups in first, fourth and fifth grades. Nate found he had a knack for explaining concepts and enjoyed seeing the students excited about the subjects he was teaching them. He also enjoyed the challenge of working with different age groups and especially helping explain the science concepts to the fifth graders.

The following year he took on the challenge of the newly created STEM specialist position. This brought on the additional challenges of adapting lessons, whole classroom management and organizing the tubs and boxes of various science themed supplies collected at the school over the years. He was assigned to the STEM team and had the chance to help organize and run the monthly STEM challenges. These were always great fun to see how the students took the concepts explained in class and applied those to a challenge that they might experience in life.

This year he added the morning announcements to his schedule which he thinks is great fun! Mr. Nate continues to enjoy teaching and learning with the students. He thanks all those who have helped him on his journey here at Woodruff Elementary which he hopes continues for many more years.