Fatima Waheed

 

1. What is your role at Rock and Roll Daycare? Can you describe your usual work day?

I am a Preschool consultant and Lead Teacher at Lechmere. My day starts in the morning by setting up the classroom to welcome children, I prepare a healthy hearty breakfast and usually an Art activity and receive all children. My favorite time of the day is Circle, we come together and create magic by talking, sharing, listening and presenting new ideas! I continue to work with children during the morning work period encouraging them to try new projects and furthering their knowledge.

During the second half of my day I aid teachers at other centers in planning for curriculum, and work closely with the directors to help them guide teachers and set up beautifully functioning classrooms. I help to provide updated and appropriate resources such as work ideas and projects, books, lesson plans, cultural studies and teaching strategies.

 

2. What is your favorite part about working with Rock and Roll Daycare?

The creative freedom allowed by RRDC motivates me to come to work every day!

 

3. How do you balance your career here in Rock and Roll Daycare and you family/personal life?

I love traveling, in the past year I have been to France, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, NYC, DC and more! I also love watching movies and meeting my teacher friends outside of work.

 

4. What inspires you?

Children, Art, Teachers, and Traveling.

 

5. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?

I feel Yellow, bright and happy, as well as Blue, calm and cool, going with the flow.

 

6. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

I feel like a Monkey in the mornings because I entertain children, and a Sloth in the evenings!

 

7. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I cook food and like to indulge in relaxing activities like Yoga, going to the salon and catching up with my family and friends who mostly live outside of America.

 

8. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Zip lining in Costa Rica.

 

9. What is your favorite family tradition?

Sunday morning breakfast, every Sunday.

 

10. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I see myself in a remote corner of the world, working with children and teachers, dancing to music I’ve never heard before.

 

11. What is it that you consider as your biggest professional challenge?

I wrack my brain all day about how to disseminate information from my head about early childhood education and development all the while, inspiring new teachers.

 

12. What have you gained from working with Rock and Roll Daycare?

Through my work at Rock and Roll I gained interpersonal skills, communication skills, management and leadership skills, I owe a lot to my work here.

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