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Beyond Teaching Experience

Posted on September 6, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 6, 2015

While Open House provided a special opportunity for parents to learn about the curriculum, instructional approaches, and assessment practices in their childʻs classroom, the most valuable learning at Open House was getting to know the teachers. I still remember my elementary-school teachers, especially my kindergarten, first, and second grade teachers. Where did I read that when people were asked which teacher they remembered most, it was their first grade teacher, with kindergarten and second grade teachers not far behind? Developmentally, there are significant epiphanies at age six or seven, for example, when the mystery of reading and writing -- figuring out what those symbols (alphabets) represent -- seem to magically fit into the cognitive puzzle. The same could be said about learning numbers. The teacher creates the conditions for optimal learning.

At both Open Houses, I threw out some numbers about our faculty's years of teaching experience. Here at Mid-Pacific for 27 preschool/elementay faculty and an administrator, we have 260 years of teaching experience among us at Mid-Pacific and an average 9.28 years on this campus. Collectively, we have 438 total years of teaching experience at Mid-Pacific and elsewhere, and an average 15.6 years of total teaching experience. Don't stop there. Add to teaching experience their expertise in inquiry and Reggio-inspired approaches, progressive thinking about assessment in the service for learning, and their positive mindset about learning and children -- well, it's a pretty amazing group of teaching professionals!

Over the time that your children are in our preschool and elementary and then journey forward to middle school and high school, you'll learn more about the intellectual depth and breadth of our faculty. They, too, must be innovators, artists, and individuals, yes?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.