A. Maryland! I grew up very close to D.C.
Q. How did you become a teacher?
A. After I graduated college, I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I worked at an occupational therapy camp for two summers and I babysat a lot! I then was a nanny for a little girl with special needs. After spending a year with this little girl, I decided I wanted to go into teaching. I did some research on how to become a teacher since I didn't go to school for teaching. I applied to The New Teacher Project Teaching Fellows program [http://tntpteachingfellows.org/] and got into the New Orleans program. I decided I didn't want to move that far away from home, so I requested to switch to D.C. This is my fourth year teaching.
Q. How do you bring socioemotional learning into your classroom?
A. I believe the best way to bring socioemotional learning into the classroom is coming in everyday with a positive attitude. It is so important to show the students love and that I care for them each and everyday. I also make sure to help them problem solve and guide them in interacting with other children.
A. We often take a quick 2-5 minute movement break. I love taking the kids outside for recess and running around with them.
Q. What can parents do to help their preschooler have a great year?
A. It is important parents are present and bring their students to school everyday! Parents should ask their students about how their day went.
Q. What do you love best about being a preschool teacher?
A. I love being a preschool teacher because the students are eager to come to school. It is amazing to watch my students grow from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
Q. What are your goals for this year at Langley?
A. I love the socioemotional work that Langley is implementing because I think it is the baseline for providing a good education to all of our students. My main goal is to get to know a lot of the students regardless of what grade they are in and to be another support system for my students.