Krystie Hassemer, an Early Intervention Program teacher at Malcom Bridge Elementary School, works with kindergarten and first grade students to get them up-to-speed in reading and math. 

Hassemer didn’t plan to be a teacher at first. While at college, she considred a career in nutrition and dietetics. But that field wasn’t something she would want to do for the rest of her life. 

As a child, Hassemer would play school in the basement of her childhood home. She would set up her stuffed animals and baby dolls in chairs and read to them. 

“My mom reminded me of thatt,” she said, “and so that got me thinking about teaching.”  

Hassemer came to Malcom Bridge Elementary School in 2004 as a student teacher and never left. 

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