Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Like so many people who excel in their work, Becky Huot’s career in teaching found her. As a college student, Huot originally wanted to pursue athletic training. However, her interests shifted and she found herself studying elementary education instead. She later transitioned to teaching high school, and has enjoyed working with older students ever since.

Five years ago, when Huot’s husband received a promotion and needed to move for work, Huot started looking for a new teaching position. She accepted a job at Muscatine High School and brought her family to Muscatine, a decision she feels good about.

Currently, Huot teaches both junior and senior English classes as well as the class that produces the “Muskie Minute” student news broadcast. More than just helping students develop the academic skills and habits they need to succeed, Huot values working with them to make sure they have the life skills they need to thrive. “I like helping the kids nobody else helps,” she said. “My main goal is helping them have what they need for their next steps.”

Huot has found relationship building key to having her students grow to trust her, and she makes a point of often attending their concerts, games, and shows. She loves when she goes out to the store and sees some of her students, as it helps them realize she has more to her than just what they see in the classroom. “My students are my kids and they know my family and my family knows them,” she shared.

When not teaching, Huot enjoys coaching the ninth grade volleyball team, instilling in them the both the basics and the thrill of the game. She also enjoys working out, visiting the ocean, and all things Disney.

With three kids, Huot stays busy with their activities as well, including her oldest daughter’s many extra-curricular activities, her middle school aged daughter’s volleyball practices, and her elementary aged son’s soccer games. She values that Muscatine has so many opportunities that allow her and her family to feel even more at home. “It’s nice–my kids go to school here and we enjoy being part of the community.”

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