White teaches at St. John LaLande Catholic School in Blue Springs.

White teaches at St. John LaLande Catholic School in Blue Springs.


More about Tricia

EXPERIENCE: White has been teaching kindergarten at St. John LaLande for the last four years. Prior to that, she taught preschool for 10 years. Her first teaching job as a preschool/kindergarten teacher in Abilene, Kan.

EDUCATION: White received a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in early childhood education from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

FAMILY: White is married, and she has two children – Danielle, 14, and Logan, 10.


What inspired you to become a teacher?

“I believe my mom was a big influence on my decision to become a teacher. Although she was not a teacher herself, she did baby sit young children in our home while I was growing up. I think seeing her interacting with them and being in that environment led to my love of teaching. I enjoy being around the children, seeing that sparkle in their eyes with all their excitement and love of learning. It is contagious.”


What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?

“Keeping up with the technology and the learning styles of today’s students are some of the greatest challenges I face. Although I have been a preschool or kindergarten for over 15 years, the children I am teaching today are different than those of 10 years ago or even last year. With the ever-growing and developing technology in our world, the needs and ways to teach the children are different. I did not grow up with or start teaching with the use of smart boards, iPads or net books. Today’s children are. This challenge has also become a positive. The advancing technology is helping me become a better teacher because I am always learning new and exciting things that I can pass onto them.”


What teaching moment is most memorable?

“Working with kindergarten age children is a memorable experience in itself – they are always saying something that makes you smile. But, what I truly love is being able to watch my students move from grade to grade, growing and developing into wonderful young boys and girls. Then, seeing them graduate from eighth grade, prepared for high school, and just knowing that I had a small part in that is awesome.”