All I have ever done is take care of and teach children. Even as a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. . I was set up to teach too. With a desk and all the office supplies you could dream of, I had classroom in every room of our house. I even had a huge 6 ft chalkboard with the uppercase alphabet strung across the top of it in alternating primary colors. Having 14+ nieces and nephews I always had someone to be my student.
When I was a middle schooler, my mom ran a daycare at the local bowling alley. Since it was after the school day, in the evenings, I went to work with her often and was eager to be a “teacher” to those young children. My mom claims I stood up on the table to create my own stage to entertain/teach all of the kids.
My very first job, right out of high school, was teaching 2 year olds at a local daycare. I loved it!! (all but the diaper changing:) It was here that my desire to become a teacher solidified. Those precious little ones were sponges eager to absorb anything I put before them. They mimicked all of my fingerplays and songs. They mastered their alphabet and listened intently as I read tons of picture books (the local library was next door) to them. I realized my impact on little lives and knew that teaching is what I wanted to do. I narrowed my college focus to elementary education. Then reluctantly left my precious little ones at daycare to enter the school setting in order to determine if I was really cut out to handle elementary aged children. I accepted a position in a school district as leader of the before and after school child care program. I attended college during the day and worked with the school agers before and after school. I loved it as well!! I took part in planning and preparing many fun crafty projects to kept the kids busy, engaged and having fun after-school. The program ran all day during the summers too. So we went on my many field trips to lots of interesting places. I soon recognised that I could handle the logistics and leadership of being in charge of 100+ students. I truly enjoyed my experiences and being with kids each and everyday!
Soon I graduated and worked with two master teachers as a paraprofessional until I finally received a position teaching 4th graders!! That was 13 years ago and I am still with my fourth graders at the same school!!! Guess I am not smarter than a 5th grader!! I love teaching. Learning and Children are my passion. It is also the only thing I know! Hope I never have to get a “real job”! I love my students!!!