1. What is your role at Rock and Roll Daycare? Can you describe your usual workday?
I’m one of the Lead Teachers in the Preschool at 527/535. My usual day at Preschool starts very early in the morning. I’m welcomed with a “Hi Cole” or “Good morning Cole!” We have breakfast together, talk about our morning so far, read the morning message on the easel that greets every child when they enter the classroom. After breakfast we go to circle and see what’s going on for the day, discuss new ideas and quickly we move right into music and movement class. After music we go into our morning work period; the time of day when children work around the classroom in all the different areas Practical life, Art, Language, Science, Sensorial, Math and Music. After a big community clean-up we gather for story-time where children further delve into the current cultural unit or curricular theme. We then transition to go outdoors to any one of our favorite playgrounds where we run, play and get all our energy out in fresh air, explore nature or even visit the library. Then we go back to school to have lunch and nap. Right at 3 we turn on songs to the Cultural Heritage book of that month and dance in to the afternoon activities and that is when I say goodbye to the class in till the next morning!
2. What is your favorite part about working with Rock and Roll Daycare?
There are a lot of parts about working at Rock and Roll Daycare that I LOVE but I think the part I love most are these moments in the day when you have a one on one with a student working, talking or doing a project with them and the conversations you have with them. Its those moments when when your working with them and a lightbulb goes off! Those little chats at lunch; them asking you questions just being in the moment with them.
3. How do you balance your career here in Rock and Roll Daycare and your family/personal life?
When I’m not at Rock and Roll Daycare I try to spend as much time I can with my family who now live in New Hampshire or with my friends that have become my second familyhere in Boston!
4. What inspires you?
What inspires me are those moments with the children when you see those wheels turning and they are really starting to work it out and understand what you’re teaching them. Another thing is when were doing planing and researching about all these new countries were currently studying I’m as welling learning with the class. Finding out all these interesting and cool thing with them.
5. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
If I were a color I would be yellow, I always want people to feel happy, comforted and feel like they have someone there for them.
6. If you could be any animal, which would you be?
Thats a hard question but I think I would want to be an Elephant! I love how they are gentle giants and really love and care for one another.
7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not with my family and friends I LOVE to get lost in watching TV series or movies. When I’m not hooked on a TV series I love reading as well.
8. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I think the craziest thing I’ve done is travel to places I’ve always dreamt about visiting. Even though I’ve done very little traveling so far, I look forward to doing more and making new memories.
9. What is your favorite family tradition?
One of my favorite family traditions was, I say was because my dad said my brother and I have aged out of this one! The Christmas Pickle is this ornament that gets hidden in the Christmas tree on the eve or morning of Christmas. After the pickle has been hidden by my Dad we would then search for it, whoever found the it would get either another gift or as we got older, delightfully, cash. Now that my brother and I are older my dad has put an age limit to 21 so the tradition is now passed down to my niece and nephew. My brother is not as upset about us aging out on this tradition (since he didn’t always win) but me on the other hand am sad to see it go but also happy to see it continue.
10. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I hope in 5 years I’m still living in Brookline or in the Massachusetts area, getting ready to start my own family and still teaching.
11. What is it that you consider as your biggest professional challenge?
I think my biggest professional challenge is when I have an idea that I believe will be great for an activity or movement exercise but when implemented takes a left turn or children aren’t into it at all. In this moment you have think quick think of a way to bring everyone’s focus back or change it up, however in the end me along with the Preschool team figure it out and it works out in the end.
12. What have you gained from working with Rock and Roll Daycare?
Rock and Roll Daycare is my first teaching job and since being here for four years I’ve learned and grown so much. Within the year working here I’ve gained wonderful friendships, mentors and people I think of like family.