I have spent my entire 19 year teaching career in Central Berkshire School District. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of playing teacher with my younger brother and sister so, I guess being a teacher was written in the stars. Being a teacher has to be one of the most difficult yet rewarding professions there is. There is nothing like seeing a child’s face light up when something they have been struggling with makes sense. Now, in my new position as K-8 Instructional Coach, I hope to make as much of a difference with the dedicated teachers of the district. Engaged learners, both teachers and students can look messy, creative, and intense but most of all there should be energy in the learning environment that is supportive and collaborative. It is space where all are valued and where mistakes and failure are seen as part of the learning process. In one of my first years of teaching, I was given a quote from a father of one of my students. It has never been far from my mind in my 19 year career.
A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell where his influence stops.
— Henry B. Adams