My Primary Roles at Northside:
My primary role at Northside is a role of support. I support the teachers with classroom design, curriculum development, student support and any other questions/needs that may arise. I also support families as they navigate these early years with any items both related to their preschool experience as well as early childhood development in general. I’m involved with and dedicated to anything regarding the everyday operation and success of the program, from comforting a crying child to planning all school events.
Most Memorable Moment at Northside:
There are so many memorable moments from over the years – it is difficult to pick just one. I would say attending our first 5th grade graduation is up high on the list. Seeing this group of children, who had mostly been with us since they were babies, getting ready to embark on a new life journey was something special.
Since You Asked, Here’s What I’m Most Proud Of As An Educator:
As a member of the Northside community for over a decade, I am proud of having a hand in the development of a program that values and respects children and their curiosity, passion and individual learning precesses. I’m proud to be part of a community that provides a safe place for all of its members to explore, challenge themselves, fail and try again.
Favorite Job Perk:
Getting to laugh, play, explore and get messy with children. It is always a good day when I’ve had the chance to sit down and engage with a student.
What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up (At Age 10):
A preschool teacher and a veterinarian.
I Am An Educator Because:
There many reasons why I am an educator. First and foremost is because it is magical when you see a child’s “ah-ha moments”. Second, collaborating with like minded teachers who stimulate my own to desire to continue to grow and learn as an educator is invaluable. I also find great joy in working with families towards a common goal of guiding a child’s growth.
Secret Dream Job:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Torey Hayden (non-fiction) books
A good bacon cheeseburger and french fries always hits the spot.