Longtime German teacher reflects on career as she nears retirement

Martha Street instructing German class

As her more than 35 year teaching career nears its end, high school German teacher Martha Street still exudes so much energy.

“To see the light go on in their eyes when they get it is so fulfilling,” said Street.

Referred to by her students as Frau, which means Mrs. in German, Street has spent the last 26 at Liberty Local Schools teaching everything from fourth grade, math, world history and of course her favorite, German.

“My grandmother was Pennsylvania Dutch.  When she and my mother would talk, I wasn’t able to understand them,” said Street.

As the oldest child of five girls, Street knew she always wanted to be a teacher.  

However, it was her desire to understand the conversations between her grandmother and mother that led her to study German in college.  While her coursework gave her more insight into their conversations, the time she spent in Germany studying abroad is what really allowed her to grasp the language.  

“When I first started at Liberty, there were two German teachers.  I taught the overflow students because there was such an interest. The interest is still here today,” said Street.

She typically teaches six classes of German spanning all four levels. In addition to helping students learn the language, she also takes pride in being able to teach students different ways of learning that help them outside of their foreign language studies.

“I try to make learning fun.  That’s always been the key,” said Street.

Martha Street instructs German class.

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