If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be and why?
I would be a nurse; helping others has always been my passion and being a component of someone’s healing in this environment would be very rewarding.
What’s your earliest memory of “teaching”?
This started with all my stuffed animals and dolls sitting on the couch, listening to me so intently while I pretended to be their school teacher. After a while I had to move to live animals, teaching my cat to sit and my dog to wear lovely hats and perfumes, to their dismay.
What’s your favorite thing about the subject you teach?
I love the innocence of the young children I work with. The delight in their eyes when they discover something new and being there to share their awe and excitement.
Do you have any memorable teaching moments when you realized your student(s) had “gotten” it?
When I was teaching E.S.L to a group of high-school students of varying degrees of English fluency, I realized that it might take many attempts at getting the components of a lesson across to the students. Often times my lesson started with large sheets of butcher paper and English words that then turned into pictures of all sorts (helping to convey the message), with the addition of having students come up and add their own efforts to the lesson. Our lesson times were, hence, very unstructured, and often even incorporated some charades; whatever I could do to help them learn. So naturally, we had quite a bit of laughing during our class time, which I believe helped the students to have fun and enjoy what they initially dreaded.