Born and raised in Iron River, Mrs. Fales loves teaching in the supportive community she grew up in. She graduated from WICHS in 2000 and then attended Northern Michigan University in which she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education (Emotional Impairment) with a concentration in Elementary Education and minors in Science and Psychology. After a semester of substitute teaching in local districts, she began her teaching career at WIC as a secondary special education teacher in the fall of 2005. Valuing education, Mrs. Fales completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education in the area of Specific Learning Disabilities while working. She continues to enjoy participating in college classes and professional development activities during the school year and summer months to broaden her knowledge and skillset.
Currently in her seventeenth year of teaching, Mrs. Fales is a special education teacher at the high school. Over the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to build various teaching and co-teaching experiences across the curriculum. She loves the diversity her position affords, and values working and learning amongst some of the best students, teachers, and colleagues there are. However, no matter what classroom she is in or subject she is teaching, the most favorite part of her job is “her” students and the opportunity she gets to interact with them, learn about them, and watch them develop and progress across the span of their high school career. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire students to be strong, independent, resourceful individuals – individuals that are comfortable advocating for themselves and confident to become their own authentic selves. She loves watching them interact with each other, sharing their unique talents, and observing them reach their potential through hard work and hopefully some smiles as well! She firmly believes in her students and their abilities, and fills with pride and joy hearing about their successes after high school as well.
Passionate about education and best practices, Mrs. Fales has played an active role in various school-based committees through her years at WIC including: District-Wide Professional Development Advisory Committee, School Improvement Team, Sunshine Club, Scholarship Committee, NHS Committee, Leadership Committee, Data Analysis Team, Morale Committee, Math Curriculum Committee, and School Handbook Committee. She is currently the SSD coordinator for College Board testing, and has valued past experiences as a mentor teacher and Junior Class Co-Advisor. Mrs. Fales is the treasurer for the WICEA, and recently joined the Stambaugh Elementary PTO with hopes of getting more involved from a parent perspective as well.
Mrs. Fales is married to Nathan Fales. They have been blessed with three fun, energetic, and witty children: Lauren (7 years,) Tessa (5 years,) and James (2 years.) She loves trying to keep up with all their interests and activities! Outside of school, she values the simple things: family, friends, and adventures in the beautiful U.P.