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Why I Teach

by admin - October 4th, 2010.
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I began my career as a Teach for America Corps Member. I was hired by a public school in New York City to teach special needs kindergarteners, most of whom had language delays. Many of my students came to class without much idea of what “school” was about. The few who had been part of preschool programs had bounced between schools, often being asked to leave because their teachers did not have the resources to adequately address their needs.

During my two years of Teach for America service I attended the Bank Street College of Education working toward my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special and General Education. The combination of my professional and scholarly experiences impressed upon me the importance of the strong foundation that only early childhood education can provide. On the whole, children who participate in preschool programs are able to develop a skill set that prepares them for the rigors of higher education. They have stronger interpersonal skills, they are able to persevere in the face of frustration, and they understand the basic routine of the school day. Jonah Lehrer’s article How Preschool Changes the Brain does a nice job of explaining this phenomenon.

When my husband and I moved to Michigan, I was excited to have the opportunity to work with younger students as a preschool educator. Every day I work to prepare my students (even the very youngest among them!) for a successful future. I want them to leave my classroom with a love of learning. I want them to explore. I want them to create. And I want them to know that they are loved and celebrated for who they are as learners, and as individuals.

This is why I teach.

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