TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG
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- a member of the Class of 2017
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Rachael Bingham: First Grade Teacher
What motivated and inspired you to teach? I wanted to be a teacher since a very young age. I had a wonderful second grade teacher named Mrs. Hagood who gave me a great deal of inspiration. She read Charlotte's Web aloud to the class that year and I was captivated by her voice. She also had a binding machine where we could write our own books and bind them. I would pretend to be Mrs. Hagood during free play any time I had a chance. I also had very inspirational high school teachers who each had a wonderful bond with their students allowing me to see how important relationships with students can be.
What makes you excited to come to school every day? ESD is like a second home. When I walk in the school building each morning with my son, Hudson, we are greeted by not only faculty and staff, but current and previous students. It hard to not have an instant smiling upon seeing these faces. I love the sense of community and how we are all so connected. It is amazing to work in the same place that my child attends school, where my sister is also a teacher, and my nephew is a student as well.
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? It is super important that my students know how I feel about them. I want them to leave each afternoon feeling a sense of belonging and a strong sense of connectivity. Each morning we begin our school day in a circle simply greeting one another and letting each other know how happy we are that we are all here together.
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! I love to run; I have run 6 half marathons. I am big music fan and loved attending any time of live music venue. Also, I am a lefty!
What is your favorite book and why? Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. This children's book is a book I read multiple times during the school year. It helps drive home the lesson that we are all unique in our own way and we should be proud of our uniqueness.
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? My grandfather: I would love to be able to introduce him to my children. He would get a big kick out of their personalities. Mrs. Hagood: my second grade teacher. I would love her to see where I am now! My first group of students: I would love to see where they are now and what they are up to, as well as apologize for all of my mistakes as a first-year teacher!
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