Name: Martha Sheldahl

Job position: 1st grade teacher

School district: North Polk Community School District

How long have you been employed at your current school district? I have been with the North Polk district my entire teaching career, 29 years. I started in Sheldahl and taught a 1st-2nd grade combination classroom for two years. I came back after several years at home to teach Optional Kindergarten and Title 1 Reading in Polk City. I then moved to Central where I taught Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. The last several years I have been in 1st Grade.

What do you like about your job? I enjoy teaching because each day is different and growing a relationship with my students has been an essential part of my job. Being in a smaller district has allowed me to get to know parents and families and follow the students as they plan for college or training after North Polk.

What is your favorite memory from the time you’ve been at the district? My favorite memories come from going through school and graduating from North Polk. I have also watched as my own three children went through North Polk and have enjoyed their activities and friends. It is exciting to see 1st Graders grow into 2nd Graders year after year.

Why did you decide to retire? The decision to retire has been a five-year process. I’m ready to explore other things like finishing the many projects I’ve started. I love to garden, walk, and hunt for treasures. My family has a small antiques and collectible store in Slater, called Sheldahl Crossing, where I will work more too. I plan to substitute at North Polk and help in the learning garden.

What will you miss the most after retiring? Besides the students, parents and teachers, I will miss being in control of a classroom. I will not miss the never-ending paperwork.