Ms. Rankin knows how to work hard, play hard and help students


Mrs. Giancola

Ms. Rankin, LPP teacher, helps junior Erica Jaroszewski and sophomore, Parker Zientara. Students say that Ms. Rankin gives them the extra push they need to get their work done.

Emily Jemiolo, Staff Writer

Ms. Rankin, the newest member of the Liberty Partnership Program (LPP) at Gowanda High School, is all in all, passionate and willing to share her knowledge and advice with her students.

Q: Why did you choose Gowanda?

A: I think the students in Gowanda are very respectful. I am quite impressed with the students that I work with and the new ones that I meet.

Q: Which subject do you think is most challenging for students?

A: I think that math becomes difficult when students do not understand something, but keeping going without asking for help. If you don’t understand one of the building blocks, you can’t just keep going.

Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?

A: I enjoy everything about school: the books, pencils, and the projects. I hope to make a difference in my students’ lives by passing the love of learning on to them.

Q: Who are your role models?

A: My parents are my role models. They are hardworking, honest and caring. They have been married for 52 years and still live on the same (non-working) farm.

Q: What do you do for a brain break?

A: Take a walk, call a friend, watch a movie, log on to Facebook.

Q: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

A: Perry’s fireball ice cream or Stephanelli’s sponge candy.

Q: What kind of student were you?

A: I was the kind of student who had a messy locker, but still managed to graduate (on the merit roll) with an 85% average. I played sports year round: basketball, softball and swim team. I participated in school musicals and I played drums in the band. My senior year, I was president of the Student Council. Sometimes I felt insecure and I wanted people to like me. I tried to be kind to everyone.

In college, I graduated with honors because I studied hard. I learned how to really study. I first went to college for education; ultimately, I earned a degree in computer information systems.

Q: Dogs or cats?

A: Dogs

Q: Chocolate or vanilla?

A: Chocolate

Q: Is there anything you binge watch?

A: I just finished binge watching Parks and Recreation (Netflix).

Q: What is your favorite possession?

A: My phone – it keeps me in touch with my family and friends. Also, I have information at my fingertips, literally.

As Ms. Rankin’s students will attest, she has been a huge help already.