• Emily Batka

Mystery Teacher

Where were you born and where have you lived?

I was born in Grandville, MI. I have lived in Michigan, then to Arizona, then back to Michigan.

Did you have any nicknames growing up?

No, unfortunately not, other than my last name but that would give me away.

What was your most memorable moment from high school?

When I was on homecoming court and all of the homecoming festivities.

What kind of car did you drive in high school?

2001 Ford Taurus, it literally broke down every week!

What was your favorite class in high school?

Psychology was super interesting to me.

Where did you attend college?

GVSU!!! GO Lakers!!!

What is your favorite pastime?

Watching football and playing some rec league soccer.

What is your favorite quote?

“Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself.” -Mark A. Cooper

What is your middle name?


Do you have any children?

I do not.

Do you have any animals?

One famous TikTok dog (I have proof) and a new kitten

What is the best thing about working in Spring Lake?

The students are awesome and you all honestly make me excited to come to work each and every day.

What is the last book you read?

The Alchemist

What professional sport would you play if you could?

Honestly...Baseball, just so I could eat sunflower seeds and get paid for it. But if I had to do it for the love of the game, it would be soccer!!!

What would you be if you weren’t a teacher?


What is your favorite vacation spot?

Chiang Mai, Thailand! But in the States, I would say San Diego, California.

What was your most embarrassing moment as a teacher?

At my last school, as a “newbie” teacher I had to do a TikTok dance during a pep assembly. While I really think I absolutely nailed the dance, the school thought otherwise. Let’s just not repeat that here at SLHS! :)

What is your favorite restaurant?

Red Robin! Endless fries will be the death of me

What songs/artists are on your playlist?

Ever since Hamilton has come out on Disney+, I have learned every single song from the whole musical. But if it is just casual listening, I have a lot of OAR, Jon Bellion, and for a “go-to” playlist check out “Steel Drums by the Pool” on Spotify. You’re welcome.

What would you change about education if you were in charge?

ICE CREAM FOR LUNCH!!!!!!!!! Or just a little bit later start time, we could all use some more sleep.

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