Tarri Gauck’s approach when dealing with students – being as authentic as possible, fostering an enjoyable learning atmosphere and demonstrating a strong work ethic – has remained the same since she began her teaching career 21 years ago. She is currently employed as a fourth-grade science and world study teacher at West Salem Elementary School.
Jeremy Johnson, a father to one of Tarri’s pupils, approached her several weeks ago regarding an opportunity for students to use virtual reality goggles to learn about the universe.
“There really isn’t a limit to the places we can take the kids. Currently teaching the Solar System to my fourth-grade science students, I jumped at the chance to tour them through the universe,” Gauck said. “I offered the opportunity to fourth-grade teachers across the City of Salem when we were in a joint meeting. Two other schools asked me to share this great technology.”
Added Gauck: “My principal, Mrs. Debbie Carroll, and Assistant Principal Mrs. Amanda Gibson were…