Inside and outside the classroom I’m a role model of all things. The kids look to my behavior, how I manage my feelings, interactions with others; even the way I eat and clean up. Other than modeling for the class, the kids determine what I’ll be doing each day. If one of them needs help in a particular subject then that’s what I’ll be working on. I also teach handwriting at the preschool level. It’s so thrilling to watch the our students grow their skills.
I have been working with children in several different ways for the past eight years. After high school I worked with a few different camps before joining Arlington Public Schools. I started working with the Extended Day program which gave me the foundation of my teaching style. After several years with the program I took the paraprofessional test and moved on to supporting students in Special Education at McKinley Elementary school. For the past three years I have been working in the PreK Special Ed. classroom and the Montessori classroom.
I really love setting up and making crafts. It’s been fun to do since my own elementary days. The best part is watching the kids take the pieces I prepare and make something different and new. I’m also into painting and find any excuse to paint on canvas or the wood furniture I have at home. When it comes to painting I find it very relaxing. Whenever I find some spare time and I’m not doing a craft I pick a book. Whether it’s a book I’m rereading or a new series I’m starting, I’ll be satisfied.
The book I chose is part of a fourteen book series by Robert Jordan called the Wheel of Time. When I suggest books to older kids to read, they are almost always series. Stories that continue on through several books have made up my childhood and on to my adult life. They a big reason as to why I still enjoy reading now. I feel that it’s important to help instill that love of reading for kids so that they’ll continue on into the future as avid readers themselves.