Iâve been teaching Kindergarten in North Las Vegas, Nevada at C. P. Squires School for six years, where I
love the students and staff. Sometimes following the same class to the
next grade level, I have taught four grades (Kâ3) in four
schools. Previously, I taught for fifteen years in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Squires changes from a twelve-month to a nine-month schedule this year,
so I am counting on new and exciting adjustments. I teach in a
predominantly Hispanic community, filled with enthusiastic learners and
supportive families. My classroom has plenty of space, and the desert
sun shines through a wall of windows. Because my kindergartners have
fun and move around a lot, they think they are playing when they're
actually learning! Centers keep students busy and engaged with a diverse
selection of activities, freeing me to work with guided reading groups.
Writing time keeps junior scribes quiet and reflective as they sit
and look at posters or at the Word Wall, allowing me to conference with their
classmates to prepare them for the Author's Chair. Writing is the
favorite time of day, and at the end of the year we celebrate writing by
inviting families and the principal to listen to young authors read
their favorite piece.
As a child, my dream was to become a kindergarten teacher. Now, I am a teacher who impresses young minds with
ABCs and 123s, âThe Golden Rule,â and âSafety First,â and one who shows
that early dreams can become a reality. To that effect, each September
my students brainstorm their hopes and dreams for their kindergarten
year and tack them to our big bulletin board. Hopes and dreams are
simple at this age: "I hope I get to work on the computers," "I hope I
can read books." At the end of the year we review their hopes and find
that most of them have become a reality. Those that haven't may become
so next year.
Educating children is important to me. They become
our leaders, guardians, caretakers, civil servants, and volunteers. They
will find cures, invent solutions, inspire people, and make
discoveries. They will be mothers, fathers, champions, heroes . . . and
teachers. My goal is to help children realize there is nothing they
cannot do. If you walked into my classroom today, you would see students
who are encouraged to do their best because I believe in their ability
and in their possibility. When I get a hug at the end of the day, or an
"I love you, Teacher," I know I am doing something right.