How long have you been teaching?
This is my eighth year teaching at Ascension, and 10th year teaching overall.
What have you learned from teaching kindergarteners?
I have learned that you have to be ready to roll with the punches. Sometimes lessons don’t always go as planned, and kindergarteners can be the funniest, thoughtful, most joyful people to be around.
What has been the most memorable part of this school year?
The day we all came back to in person learning in January, all of the scholars were so excited to be back in the building. A couple of scholars were just coming for the first time all year, and it was so much fun to see the joy on their faces when they came into the classroom and saw their teachers and friends in person!
What is your favorite lesson/subject to teach?
I love teaching science. We learn about plants every spring, and we plant bean seeds and observe their growth each day for a couple of weeks. It’s so much fun to see the scholars’ excitement when their seeds sprout.
What is the best part about your job?
Kindergarteners love coming to school and they love learning. Their enthusiasm for learning is contagious and fun to be around.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Kindergarteners come into kindergarten with such different abilities and skills. For example, some come in already reading and others come in knowing maybe a handful of letters and sounds. Trying to help all of them succeed and learn can be challenging.
Many ACA teachers view their job as mission-focused. What does that mean to you?
I believe that our job as teachers is more important than just teaching kids how to read or count. We are here to teach them about Jesus, how to get along with others, how to manage their emotions, how to pray, etc. We are here to provide a safe place for them to learn, play, make friends, be creative, make mistakes, etc. It’s more than just a job. I love it.