During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Manawa School Board, Jill Seka was recognized for her graduation from the CESA 6 Residency In Teacher Education (RITE) program.
Seka, who is an early childhood special education teacher, stated that she is excited about her achievement and is very glad to be a part of the Manawa School District.
“I had been told by many people throughout the years that I need to get my teaching certification,” Seka said. “Everything just fell into place last year and now I am officially a teacher.”
According to Elementary Principal Tammy Sjoberg, Seka is a kind, caring person with a passion for teaching and learning.
“For several years, Jill had been the early childhood special education aide,” Sjoberg said. “When the teacher position opened last fall, Jill applied. Because she had spent so much time in the program and because she cares so much about kids and helping them improve, she knew how to teach the program and find ways for students to be successful.”
Seka, who already had a Bachelor’s degree, was able to apply for her emergency teaching license to become the long term substitute teacher for the early childhood special education position.
“She was also able to take advantage of the RITE program that enabled her to apply for her full time teaching license upon completion, which was Saturday, Jan. 17,” Sjoberg said.
Seka credits the staff for helping her achieve this goal.
“I have had and still have such an amazing support system at Manawa Elementary School,” she said. “I work with some pretty wonderful people and I can honestly say that I wake up every day and look forward to going to work. I love my job!”