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Meet Ms. Liz, a State Universal Pre-K teacher and Lead Pre-K teacher at Childtime in Williamsville, NY. She has been at Childtime for seven years and has a master’s degree in birth-sixth grade and elementary education. Read on to learn more about this amazing member of our team!
Why did you decide on a career in early education?
I had known for a long time that I wanted to be a teacher. I used to love playing school as a child when I was growing up. That is something that I always wanted to do. I like early education because it really gets students started on their path for education. It introduces those skills and strategies they can use as they go through their school years.
What do you love most in your current role?
Just seeing how far the kids come from September to June. You see so much progress especially at this age. It’s really rewarding to see and it’s great to watch them learn.
Can you share some examples of activities that you do in your class?
We’ve been doing a lot of science lab activities because this group is really into science. All kinds of experiments, we’ve made slime, we did an experiment melting ice with droppers, we’ve done experiments with sound where we play instruments in water and a box to see if we could hear the sounds through those. We made some fake snow with different materials. They really love all those hands-on experiments, and I do, too, because they’re having fun while they’re learning.
What is your favorite part of the day?
When we do our learning centers and I get to work with all the kids in a small group setting. You can get a lot more of a sense of what the students need to know, what they already do know and what they enjoy. You really get to see the children for who they are.
What hobbies do you have outside of work?
I spend most of my time with my two kids at home, so I don’t have a lot of time. But with the kids, we like to play outside, we like to go on walks or on bike rides, go to the zoo. Just spend time together doing fun things like that.
Could you share a memorable moment from your time at Childtime?
There are so many! I’d say my first graduation ceremony. Every year, it’s very sentimental, but the first time I saw it happen, I really got a sense of the family and community that happens here. Many of the kids start here as babies and go all the way up through pre-k. You can really see how much they’ve changed over the years.
What do you enjoy about working at Childtime?
I really honestly like the people. I like the people I work with, I like the families. It’s a really great environment. I had my child here at daycare and I felt so comfortable. Just to experience that on the side of the parent and to see how much my child learned, how much the teachers cared about him, it’s amazing to see. The people make such a big difference.