Name: Esther Lee
School: Providence Elementary School
Grade/Subject: 1st grade
How long have you been a teacher?
-This is my second year teaching first grade at Providence ES.
What is your favorite lesson of the year?
–I absolutely love teaching my class how to run a morning meeting on the very first day of school. It may take longer than most days to get the routines in place, but the time we spend together is always fun and memorable. We welcome each other into school, meet new faces, learn names, play a short icebreaker activity, and begin to form a community within our classroom. They are shy at first, but they warm up to each other as they come out of their shell and start to feel more at home.
What do you like most about your school?
-Providence functions so smoothly because it has such a strong community—not just among the students, but also the teachers, administrators, custodians, and the cafeteria staff. We all work together, which truly makes it a great place to come to everyday. I am blessed to love what I do! Not many people can say that these days.
Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students)
-First grade is wonderful because the students have such a high learning curve during this year. Sometimes I see students go from reading books with a couple words on a page to reading chapter books by the end of the year. It’s the most rewarding thing! The students at this age are also very malleable and learn so much through observation. Having solid role models to observe and learn from at this age could be life changing.
One tip for parents:
-Every child is unique and every child learns in a different way. Let your child find their passion and meet their needs where they are. Consistency is key when interacting with children. We practice routines and review our rules all year round so that they know what is expected of them. If the same expectations are held at home, there will be a very close home-school connection for the children to feel safe and succeed.
5 Quick Q&A
–The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
-The University of Virginia
If you could be another profession, what would it be?
-It is my dream to someday set up schools for orphanages in underprivileged countries.
Favorite place to travel?
-I would love to travel the entire world someday. So far I have had the privilege of traveling to countries in Asia and South America. I would love to explore Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in the future.
Favorite thing to do on weekends?
-Weekends are my time to recharge, rest up, and fellowship with my church.