I worked at the Park Forest Aqua Center for over ten years as a cashier, lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. Toward the end of that I also had the privilege of serving as the lessons coordinator. After that, I was the manager at Homewood-Flossmoor’s Lions Club Pool for eight years. I am very well aware of how important it is for people, especially kids to learn how to swim. Ever since Jacob was born I have tried to acclimate him to the water with VERY little success. So this year I decided to enroll him in swim lessons. Two weeks ago, Jacob went to swim lessons for the first time. Within one minute, the instructor had Jacob completely submerge. I was impressed because I had been trying for soooo long and was not getting through to him. I learned so much from this experience. After careful consideration, I have made a list of the top things that I would like for my son’s kindergarten teacher to possess.
4. Be Nice – We’ve worked so hard on manners and “taking Thank You bites” and introducing ourselves to new friends. I just hope that these things will continue in school. I hope that no matter what, that she is nice.
3. I’m a Teamplayer, Can I Be On Your Team Too? – I’m a big part of my son’s life and I want to be part of his educational experience. I realize that I won’t always be “the one to teach him” so I can only hope to play on that same team. Involve me as much as you can and know that I want to be part of your team too. I know how hard this teaching thing is and I teach high school for a reason.
2. Teach Him To Enjoy Math – After seeing how well swimming went, I can only imagine what math will go like. In all actuality, I am now really afraid. What if he doesn’t like math? I would be crushed. Please help him enjoy math. Help him find patterns and see the beauty in math. You are truly my only hope!
1. Love Him – I’ve spent over five years with this individual and he is really amazing. He is funny and intelligent and the best thing I’ve ever done. Please love him. I know, at times, he can be unloveable, but love him anyway. I do and I know you can too.
After reading this list, I think it is a good place for me to start as I become someone else’s child’s teacher this year. Becoming a parent has made me so much more aware of the important role of teachers in kids’ lives. I just want to be a good one.