Can you give me a few of your favorite memories from your years working here?
Oh my gosh, really? I have been so fortunate to have spent the last 43 years (how can that be?) working with some of the most amazing people, families and children. I had a wonderful family of friends when I worked in town and then added a whole new family at Terrebonne. There are so many memories and so much laughter.
I do have to say, I still crack up when my “old” first-graders get to about fourth grade and come to say hi. I am very, very short! When they come to the door they never look me in the eye, they just look at the top of my head to see if they are taller than me — and usually they are!
Another early memory was when one of my first-graders brought her uncle to a parent conference. I was fresh out of college and unmarried. Evidently she thought we would make a good match — I didn’t.
What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about your role? What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced this year?
One of the things I have always enjoyed about teaching is that every year, every day is different on some level. And yet, sometimes it is the most frustrating thing. If you get bored easily, be a teacher. Students are new, families are new, the curriculum changes, and there is always something you can be learning to make you a better person and teacher. I also love that I laugh every day. My kids laugh at me and with me. I laugh with staff members.
This year was definitely a huge learning year. One big challenge was teaching online. I kind of love tech but … not like we had to use it this year. Don’t get me wrong, GoogleMeets were better than nothing, but it is hard to read your audience online. Keeping kids engaged is a huge part of teaching, and online teaching just didn’t cut it. Then when we came back to our classroom and we couldn’t move around the room, have kids work with a partner, lock elbows and dance, or sit in a community circle, that was hard.
However, we have made adjustments to much of that and things are better. (Yep, we are having our community circle, moving around and dancing.) Again, teaching is never boring!