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๐ŸŒป๐‘พ๐’‰๐’š ๐’…๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’†๐’๐’‹๐’๐’š ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ 3๐’“๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’†? The students I get to work with are the best part. They are at an age where they have an adorable sense of humor and are making me laugh everyday. There is also so many new concepts they are learning in third grade and it is so much fun to see them when they get their, "aha" moments.
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Ms. Tiqua, Student Support Specialist
๐ŸŒบ ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐”‚ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ณ๐“ธ๐”‚ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ณ๐“ธ๐“ซ? Being a Social Worker/Behavior Support Specialist gives me so much joy as I help students and families solve the various problems throughout their lives. I love seeing the small growth that eventually turns into a huge gain within my students. I enjoy thinking and acting outside the box throughout my day, to conquer barriers. I also love that no two days are EVER the same.
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Mrs. Michaela Izzo-Johns, Kindergarten
Wสฐสธ แตˆแต’ สธแต’แต˜ หกโฑแตแต‰ แต—แต‰แตƒแถœสฐโฑโฟแต แตโฑโฟแตˆแต‰สณแตแตƒสณแต—แต‰โฟ? I love seeing the growth in my kindergartens from the beginning to the end of the year!
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Mrs. Usher, Health Assistant
๐Ÿ”ด๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜? I enjoy being the Health Assistant because I love to take care of others. I enjoy working with kids and every day is something different.
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Mr. Keith Martin, 4th grade
๐Ÿ›  ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ? I really enjoy the team I work with for one. They are the absolute greatest. I also enjoy that 4th graders are in that age area where they are really starting to get wordplay jokes like puns and "dad-jokes". I spend a lot of my time thinking up ridiculous and complicated puns to entertain myself, and it's nice to be able to inflict those on my students as well. They're also still young enough to really get into absolute silliness, which I really enjoy.
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Ms. Samantha Jones, 3rd grade
โญ๏ธ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ 3๐™ง๐™™ ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™™๐™š? Third graders are the best! They love to learn and ask wonderful questions. I love how much my students grow from the beginning of the year to the end.
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Mrs. Jaime Camero, 6th grade
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’š ๐’…๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ 6๐’•๐’‰ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’†? I love teaching sixth grade because the kids are mostly independent and are really starting to form their own opinions about things. I love how they can be given a topic and run with it, have dialogue around it, and argue from evidence about it.
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๐ŸŒบWสฐสธ แตˆแต’ สธแต’แต˜ หกแต’แต›แต‰ แต—แต‰แตƒแถœสฐโฑโฟแต Sแต–แต‰แถœโฑแตƒหก Eแตˆแต˜แถœแตƒแต—โฑแต’โฟ? I love teaching Special Education because it lets me learn more about the way my students learn and what interest them. I love seeing the progress my students make from day to day. When my students are excited to learn and are taking pride in their work it makes me extremely happy. The connection I make with my students is the joy of my teaching so far.
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Ms. Brittany Ramirez, Attendance Clerk
๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘—๐‘œ๐‘? I would have to say the best part of my job is that everyday is different. Also getting to be around all these little people and personalities, all of these kids are so hilarious they make my day.
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Ms. Kara Myrick, 2nd grade
๐Ÿพ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐Ÿฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ? According to Ms. Myrick, second grade is the best grade to teachโ€ฆhands down! Students are eager to learn, are independent and equipped with second grade skills, and still love their teachers! It doesnโ€™t get any better than that!
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Ms. Alyssa Sisson, Kindergarten
๐Ÿง๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™จ? I try to travel a lot, so sometimes I'm doing a small weekend trip. When I'm in town, I love hiking and spending time with my family. ๐Ÿง๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช'๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ? I went to Iceland this summer and that was incredible! The landscape was so unique; it looked like a different planet! I got to do some really cool things, like exploring an ice cave, whale watching, and walking down black sand beaches. I'm planning a road trip next summer up the west coast, from San Diego to Vancouver! ๐Ÿง๐™’๐™๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™’๐™–๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ (๐™๐™’)? I love how welcoming every staff member is at this school. We understand that we're all working
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Mrs. Kelsi Strickland, 5th grade
๐Ÿ ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ“๐ญ๐ก ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐๐ž? The best part about teaching 5th grade is definitely the students! They are at such a fun age where they are still kids at heart but are starting to turn into mini adults. They teach me new things every day and always prove that no matter what challenges we may face, we can always overcome them.
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Ms. Sabrina Colonna, Instructional Assistant
๐ŸŒป ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“น๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฝ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ณ๐“ธ๐“ซ? The best part of my job is watching our kiddos grow from day to day and witnessing their resilience and determination. In Resource, I meet a lot of students who feel as if theyโ€™re faced with insurmountable challenges. Yet even with the deck stacked against them, they persevere and continue to push themselves, and each other, every day! Theyโ€™re my constant motivation and inspiration.
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Mrs. Christena Tenney, Reading Specialist
๐Ÿ€ Wสฐแตƒแต— โฑหข แต—สฐแต‰ แต‡แต‰หขแต— แต–แตƒสณแต— แต’แถ  สธแต’แต˜สณ สฒแต’แต‡ แตƒหข แต—สฐแต‰ Rแต‰แตƒแตˆโฑโฟแต Sแต–แต‰แถœโฑแตƒหกโฑหขแต—? Without a doubt, the best part of my job, is when students use the reading strategies we teach in lab without being prompted. Students who know how to use their toolbox of reading strategies will be able to increase their reading enjoyment and proficiency.
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Ms. Kristyn Jacobson
๐Ÿ’œ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐”‚ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ฐ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ฎ? I love first grade because they still believe in magic. Magical things happen in our classroom all the time from special elf visitors to brain sprinkles that help the kids focus on a test. I love that we can still get excited about the little things and have class discussions about the wonders in the world. It is also amazing to see the amount of growth students make. The kiddos come in with the basics and leave ready to take on the world.
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Mr. Kyle McFrederick
โšœ๏ธ ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ? I like teaching 4th grade because I love working with 4th graders! At this age, students are starting to develop their own unique personalities (and quirks!) and theyโ€™re growing in their independence as learners. I love getting to know more about their interests and to see them get excited about what they get to learn! Iโ€™ve been teaching 4th grade for 8 years in January, and Iโ€™ve seen a lot of curriculum in that time, but what makes things fresh for me each year is getting to see a new batch of students having brand new experiences for the very first time! This is especially true when those experiences are new to me too, like with our new reading curriculum. Weโ€™ve already read stories from where my family is from and from Greek mythology- two of my favorite topics to learn about and to teach! Students get so excited when they get to learn more about me and it opens the door for me to learn a lot more about them, too!
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Ms. Claire Dunham, 6th grade
๐Ÿด แ—ฏแ•ผแ—ฉT แ—ชO YOแ‘Œ แ’ชOแฏE แ—ฉแ—ทOแ‘ŒT TEแ—ฉแ‘•แ•ผIแ‘ŽG 6Tแ•ผ Gแ–‡แ—ฉแ—ชE? I always swore I would never teach children taller than I am, but have now realized I have to invest in high heels because I just love this age group! Where do I begin?! First, I love their humor and the fact that they get (or at least laugh) at mine. They have such great perspectives on learning and have wonderful, different ways of solving problems, both in math and other areas of the curriculum. They keep me updated on the "cool stuff" I need to know with my own kids. I love the thoughtful conversations we have, and are able to really explore different ideas, theories and outlooks on life.
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Ms. Ashley Switalski
๐ŸŒผ แดกสœแด€แด›โ€™๊œฑ สแดแดœส€ ๊œฐแด€แด แดส€ษชแด›แด‡ แด˜แด€ส€แด› แด๊œฐ สแดแดœส€ แดŠแดส™ ษชษด แด›ษชแด›สŸแด‡ ษช? I love working in Title I! My favorite part is being able to see so many different students! I am able to work with K-6 every day and watch students grow with their reading every time they come in!
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Ms. Romero, 5th grade
๐ŸŒ€๐–๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ? I think the best part about teaching is the relationships made. Between other teachers, the students, their parents-- these relationships make teaching so much easier! My students are also always teaching me new information. I don't talk at them when I'm teaching; we have incredible discussions throughout the day. I teach them curriculum, life skills, jokes, and they teach me what they know! I love it.
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Ms. Waring, kindergarten
๐ŸŒธ ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’…๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’? Teaching kindergarten is a magical thing. The kids really make every day an adventure. I love the curiosity they bring into our classroom everyday. Their love of learning guides them to discover new things and provides us with rich discussions throughout our days. Though our school days may seem loud and busy, the growth the kids make throughout the school year is pretty remarkable and is proof that there is method behind the madness.
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Mr. Brown, 2nd grade
๐Ÿšง ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ? What I enjoy most about teaching is the interactions I have with students. Whether it is a teaching moment or just getting to know them better, I really love seeing how students think about and understand the world around them. My favorite subject to teach is science for this exact reason. I enjoy watching kids have fun and learn while they make meaning of interesting phenomena and new material.
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Ms. Powers, 3rd grade
โญ๏ธ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐”‚ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ 3๐“ป๐“ญ ๐“ฐ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ฎ? 3rd grade is such a unique year for students! They are still so excited to learn and start to gain the confidence and independence right in front of my eyes. I'm also convinced that 3rd grade is where the sense of humor is developed--these kids make me laugh! Watching students transition from being in the "younger grades" to being among the "big kids" is very special, and I love being able to help get them there.
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