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NHL Future Goals Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Ms. Hilbrecht from Ronald McNair Elementary School




What grade/subject do you teach and how long have you been teaching?  
I currently teach 5 th grade at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland, which means I teach students everything from reading and math, to science, social studies, and writing. This is my fifteenth year teaching for MCPS, and prior to teaching fifth grade I taught 3 rd grade for ten years. I think it is pretty cool that I am a teacher in the county where I went to school from kindergarten through high school.



How are you using Hockey Scholar in your classroom? 

Once I introduced Hockey Scholar to my students, I used this resource as an independent learning center to review science concepts from our very first unit, Force and Motion. Next year, I look forward to using Hockey Scholar as I introduce the force and motion concepts with my class. The engaging videos really bring Newton’s Laws to life

What was your students' reaction to the course? Did they enjoying  learning STEM with the Caps? 

To say my students enjoyed Hockey Scholar was an understatement! If it was not listed as part of our learning rotations, I was immediately asked “What about Hockey Scholar?” or “If I finish all of my work, can I go on Hockey Scholar?” Many even log-in from home on their free time.


Who is your favorite Capitals player? 

My favorite Capital is Holtby. He makes some of the most ridiculous saves look easy! I also really appreciate the fact that when we saw him after a Caps practice, he took the time to take photos with my son and his teammates.


Who in your life inspired you to become a teacher? 

I was very fortunate to have many amazing teachers each year, not to mention my Dad who taught 5 th grade for over 30 years. It really made an impression on me when he would see students and their families (past and present) outside of school and how they would share memories from him being their teacher. I always felt that I would never be a teacher, but all paths led back to the elementary classroom and after graduating from Virginia Tech I went to Johns Hopkins for my teaching degree. It turns out “like Father, like daughter” after all.

What is your favorite hockey movie? 
Although I should say Slapshot since my husband is from Johnstown, PA, I have to go with Miracle. The speech Herb Brooks gives in the locker room before the US plays the Soviet Union gives me chills no matter how many times I’ve seen it!

Would you be a defenseman, forward, or a goalie?  
No question – a goalie. At home, whether it is in the kitchen or in the back yard, I’m the one blocking the shots my son takes instead of making them.  Hopefully those skills would help. I also think it would be pretty cool to have a custom-painted goalie mask!