Rachael Buckiewicz | March 2016
Years with Early Connections: 2.5 years
Years Teaching: I started working with children when I was 18, so 6 years now!
Who or what inspired you to become a teacher? My third grade teacher was such a positive influence on me. When I was younger, I had terrible separation anxiety, and none of my teachers up to that point really knew what to do about it. But my teacher in third grade really helped me, and made me feel comfortable and safe when I was with her. As I got older, I really wanted to try to be that sense of security for other children.
My best day in the classroom was when….
At my last center, we had a child in my toddler room that had a lot of trouble – they would scream and cry at drop off, and it would continue throughout most of the day. They wouldn’t accept any comfort, and would often scream harder if someone tried to touch them. I remember one morning, they reached for me at drop off instead of throwing themselves on the floor. While they still cried, they were finally letting me hold them and try to help them through it. Things got better from there every day, but that morning when they reached for me will always stand out in my mind.
If you could have one teacher superpower what would it be?
Mind reading! I feel like this would come in handy with all age groups, but especially in the infant room.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing with my daughter, reading, running, singing, and (badly) playing video games.
What else would you like to share about yourself or profession?
I believe that all children deserve a high quality early childhood education. It’s more than school readiness and everything else that we work on – it’s having more people in their life that love them and give them affection and attention. I love every single child that walks through my classroom, and I remember each and every one of them after they leave or move up.
What is your favorite food? Does coffee count?
What is your favorite book? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.