Teacher Spotlight: Jenn Clark, Kindergarten
Where were you born?
George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
Judy Klevins, my high school drama and English teacher. She taught me the importance of the role of trust in learning and teaching.
Why did you decide to be a teacher?
I considered going into psychology; however, I thought that teaching might be more conducive to also raising a family.
What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
Share an example of when a student had an "Ah-Ha!" moment in your classroom.
So many daily. I was teaching in a a second grade class. I had a student who was having a hard time in class due to selective mutism. Rather than trying to get him to talk he and I worked on other ways he could communicate. When he saw that I could determine his thoughts through nonverbal communication his eyes lit up and it was off to the races after that.
What is the most important thing you hope your students take from your class?
A sense of themselves as a life long learner.
What makes Arches Academy so special, and why do you like working here?
I deeply embrace the notion of teaching in the whole child and engaging learning through all of the five senses.