Bringing energy, success, and tacos to Cache High — ESL Teacher, MaKaela Cutler
Starting out as an aide at Cache High gave MaKaela Cutler the chance to get to know the students and teachers at the school — which is when they came to love her. In fact, she was such a fantastic addition to the staff that Principal Sheri Hansen encouraged her to get a teaching certificate so she could teach there.
“She was just so willing to do anything that needed to be done. She’s hardworking, a self-starter, and is eager to find the good in others. I love her attitude and work ethic,” Hansen said.
Cutler works as the English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Cache High. Teaching ESL gives her the opportunity to develop close relationships with the students in her classroom as she has them for multiple hours a day.
“I love being with the kids every day and interacting with them on a one-on-one basis. I love getting to know them and seeing them succeed,” Cutler said. “I love that they never give up — they are so resilient!”
Students enjoy being a part of Cutler’s classes, especially participating with her in activities like Taco Tuesday. Last year, Cutler said her students asked if they could make tacos together for Cinco de Mayo and after talking to Principal Hansen, they made it happen for not only that day, but as a tradition every other Tuesday throughout the school year. “This gives us a chance to get the ESL students involved more in the school,” Cutler said. “It’s something they’ve all grown to love.”
Hansen explained that while Taco Tuesday is one of the many reasons that students love Cutler, the impact she has had on the students is what really matters. “Her communication, commitment, and energy are contagious — they know she wants them to succeed and will help them with anything they need.”