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Ms. Sylvia has been teaching at Childtime in Raleigh, NC for eight years, starting out as an assistant teacher and working up to her current role as lead teacher in the Twos classroom. Continue reading to learn more about Ms. Sylvia’s dedication to early childhood education, including how she maintains strong communication with each of her student’s families.
Tell us about your experience in early childhood education.
I have been with kids all my life. I have a big family! My last year of school I took early childhood classes and I enjoyed it – it was something different. I took up early childhood and obtained my certificate and participated in different early childhood training sessions. Currently, I’m getting ready to go back to school to get my associate’s and then bachelor’s degrees.
Why is teaching rewarding for you?
I love being around kids, it’s just my passion. It’s like a family here!
How do you team up with parents to ensure each child achieves success?
I give them different strategies to try at home to help their child. I always tell parents to come back to me and let me know if it worked. If it didn’t work, then we work together to come up with another idea. I always tell them: “Don’t panic, we’re in this together!”
It sounds like parent communication is important to you!
I talk to the parents every day. You have to let the parents know what’s going on with their child every day. My students do different activities in the classroom and I send their parents pictures of projects through PreciouStatus to let them know this is what their child did that day.
How was teacher appreciation week?
It was good! I love the gifts, but having the parents tell you verbally how much they appreciate you taking care of their child, that means a lot for me.
If your students could describe you in one word, what would it be?
Their favorite word they use now: awesome! I heard a child say the other day, “Ms. Sylvia, you’re awesome!”
Do you have a memorable moment since being at Childtime?
I think it is seeing the kids that I’ve taught come back and visit after going off to elementary school. To hear them say, “Oh, Ms. Sylvia, I remember when you did this…” and seeing them grow up through each grade and actually remember who taught them so many years ago…that means a lot to me.