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Staff Profile


My name is Jesse McKinney  and this will be my 20th year teaching, my 18th in fourth grade and 5th in West Salem. I graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in Elementary Education, and then completed my Master's Degree at UW-La Crosse with a focus on The Responsive Classroom. 

I became a teacher because I LOVE children and wanted to do something to help them feel happy and successful each day.

I love teaching in the same school district that my kids attend!  I LOVE the campus setting.  I love living close to the schools and being a part of this small community.  I am happy that West Salem has a focus on technology and that all of my students have iPads in 4th grade.

I have so many great memories!  I remember one year when I had my 4th graders put on a play for the school.  We worked FOREVER on it.  We memorized our parts, played musical instruments, made costumes, and created scenery.  It was a great success and enjoyed by the whole school and all of the parents.  :)

My advice for my students is to work their hardest and to simply do their very best every single day.  I love proactive, positive students.  We learn about the 7 Habits, and students work to use these throughout the school year.  I want my students to enjoy learning, and I love helping build their self-esteem.  

I have four children in the district (9th, 7th, 4nd, and 2nd).  My husband works for the BNSF Railroad.  I love to read, run, play basketball, shop, hang out with my family, and play with my kids.  I love traveling, and I prefer the heat of summer!

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