My name is Justin Dahlke. I was born in Idaho, but at a young age, my family moved to Montana. I lived there until I graduated from the University of Montana Western. After graduation, I moved back to Idaho and started my teaching career in the town of Soda Springs. I currently live in Idaho Falls with my wife and 6 amazing children. We enjoy spending time in the outdoors and being active in sports.
My passion for teaching began when I was in high school. I had the opportunity to be a teacher aide for an elementary class. I enjoyed working with the youth and watching them grow and develop. Also during high school, I was able to teach swimming lessons to many young children. Helping these individuals progress and learn was most rewarding. My decision to become and educator was not only affect by these experiences, but by observing my own father. My father was a teacher. I was able to see the different lives that he touched throughout his career. Not only was a he a teacher, but a person to be looked up to, not just by me, but many others. I could honestly say that when I grew up, I wanted to be just like my dad.
I am a huge fan of sports. In fact, playing football helped me pay for my college. While in college, I played receiver for the University of Montana Western. I was a part of a team that went to the national semi-finals twice. My last year there I was in the top 10 in receiving. I was fortunate enough to be selected to the Montana College Hall of Fame my last year. Playing football has led to also being able to do a lot of coaching. I have coached in some capacity for the last 16 years. Recently, I have been able to coach both of my sons in youth football. It has been very rewarding to be able to not only coach my boys, but also the boys of other people.
Even though I enjoy sports, my greatest accomplishment, aside from my family, has been having the opportunity to teach school. Teaching has been a valuable opportunity for me throughout my life. Throughout my life, I have had the privilege to work with youth in a variety of ways. I have always felt a sense of accomplishment with helping others learn. I enjoy helping individuals and making a difference in the lives of young people. I believe it is a great opportunity for me to help all students believe in themselves, to accomplish more than they thought they could, and to be an individual that truly believes in them. For me, teaching isn't just about students sitting in my classroom. It's about giving students experiences where they learn not only about "school" things, but learn about what they are capable of as well.
I currently teach 7th grade math at Rocky Mountain Middle School. The faculty and staff make it an amazing place to work. It is one of the most innovative places to work. We are not afraid of trying new things. In fact, it has been my experience that we are encouraged to explore and try different things to benefit the learning of each student. I am currently a team leader. With this responsibility, I have the opportunity to hold meetings with other members of my team, meet with other team leaders, and meet with the principal to discuss ways that we can help students in their learning as well as making decisions to improve our school.