If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be and why?
I would own a flower shop in Hawaii or another beautiful, ocean-side place. I have always loved flowers and the joy that I feel when receiving them. I enjoy arranging different flowers together and mixing colors that complement each other. It’s like a puzzle for me
What’s your earliest memory of “teaching”?
While singing on stage with my Kindergarten class, I “taught” the four-year-old boy standing next to me that he was standing too close by slowly pushing him to his correct place and explaining the error of his ways.
What’s your favorite thing about the subject you teach?
The kids. I work with four and five-year-olds so they have a certain level of independence but they are so sweet and open. I love asking them questions about what they are working on and hearing their explanations or stories. The creativity at that age is really cool!
Do you have any memorable teaching moments when you realized your student(s) had “gotten” it?
In our “fairy house” workshop, we built different items out of wood, and for some we had to use the hot glue gun. Because we worked with four to eight-year-olds, we asked some of the older kids to be in charge of the glue guns. I was helping a curious six-year-old boy glue some sticks together and he wanted to try gluing them himself. Before handing the gun over I showed him how to hold it and explained that the metal end and the glue that comes out of it were really hot so DO NOT TOUCH EITHER OF THOSE. After five minutes of using it, and in the middle of my fifth answer to “how hot is the glue?”, his lighting fast index finger touched the fresh glue and pulled away before I knew what he’d done. I immediately wiped off his finger and rushed him over to the cold water bucket where he stood for the next five minutes with his finger in the water. After treating his finger, he wanted to use the glue gun again. I said he could try it again. He sat down and picked up the glue gun then looked at me and said “Don’t touch that, it’s HOT!”
If you were a comic book character, what would your superpower be and would you have a superhero name?
The Money Grower. I would be able to make seeds that grew into money trees and I would donate ten trees to The Phoenix Rising School Also I would fly.