Today's Tuesday Teacher spotlight is Mrs. Daerr!

Mrs. Daerr is a 6th and 8th grade math teacher as well as the Math Subject Area Leader. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida.

Why did you become a teacher?

As a child, I spent my weekends drawing house plans and begging to walk through model homes with my mom. I truly wanted to become an architect. As I progressed into high school math, my skills and confidence diminished. I told myself I was not good enough at math to become an architect, so I gave up my dream. During my first year of college, I tutored my friends who were struggling in math more than me. The skills started to click again for me, and I realized I could help them build the confidence needed to do well. Helping them made me happy, and getting good grades and confidence made them happy. Three years later, I got my first teaching job at Walker, teaching 6th grade math, science, and geography. I've learned you can have more than one passion in life - sometimes it just takes a while to realize it.

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been teaching at WMM?

I have been teaching for 22 years. My first 3.5 years were at Walker, and the past eight have also been at Walker.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love traveling and anything outdoors - gardening, boating, hiking, especially while in the presence of my husband and children.

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that people might not know?

  • I pull my backyard lake weeds for fun - it is my weekend meditation.
  • I'm a 4th generation Floridian.
  • I was one of the top 5 finalists for SDHC's "Teacher of the Year" in 2010. 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Just be you; everyone else is already taken.