Eagle Eye Teacher of the Week: Chelsey Markel

Tyrone math teacher Chelsey Markel teaches Algebra Applications, Academic Algebra 1, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Honors Pre-Calculus at the high school. She is also a Tyrone Area High School Class of 2008 graduate, and earned her undergraduate degree at PSU.  She began teaching at Tyrone in 2014.

In addition to her teaching duties, she is also the advisor for Student Council.

Ms. Markle is known for her enthusiasm and love for her subject.

“Ms. Markel always puts her students first and looks out for their best interests.  She’s dedicated and her students look forward to going to her class,” said her fellow TAHS math teacher Brittany Baker.

She is always willing to collaborate and suggest improvements to make the math curriculum better. She cares about students’ learning and provides support during and after hours to any student who asks,” added TAHS math teacher Jane Bugden.

Tyrone is lucky to have you, Mrs. Markel.  Thank you for all that you do!

Eagle Eye: Why did you become a teacher?

Chelsey Markel: I wanted to make a difference and have the opportunity to inspire, prepare, and encourage students that they can do whatever they set their minds to.

EE: Why did you choose the subject you teach?

CM: I chose to teach math because I enjoy a challenge and it always just came naturally to me.

EE: What’s your favorite thing about teaching at Tyrone?

CM: I really enjoy working with the staff. Many of them were the teachers that I looked up to when I was in high school. I also enjoy working in my home town and of course the students!

EE: What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?

CM: I like to read, spend time with family, work out, watch too much TV, and spend time at the beach in the summer.

EE: What is some good advice you’ve been given as a teacher?

CM: Stay organized and be flexible. Remember every class is different. What works one year may not work the next!

EE: What’s the hardest part of teaching and why?

CM: I think the hardest part is all of the extra responsibilities besides teaching that is expected of us at times throughout the year. I am hard on myself, and sometimes don’t know when to stop because I want to make sure everything is perfect. I have to get better at managing a work-life balance at times.

EE: What are some jobs held before you got into teaching?

CM: I was a tutor with AmeriCorps, a waitress at Marzonis, and I worked at the Penn State Bookstore while I was in college.

EE: What is something that students might be surprised to find out about you?

CM: That I am a twin.

EE: What’s your favorite movie?

CM: Anything action-packed, but I also love the Notebook.

EE: What is your spirit animal? Why?

CM: Sea turtle. It is loyal and caring, has a big heart, and is always willing to help others.