TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG
"The ESD teachers are so welcoming and open to helping you. They want you to succeed."
- a member of the Class of 2017
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Connie Elms: First Grade Teacher
What motivated and inspired you to teach? I have always loved working with young children at day camps and a summer camp in Hunt, Texas. I wanted to specialize in Early Childhood Education and found joy in teaching both at the first and fourth grade levels. I strive to make every day an extraordinary day of learning and growing and exhibiting compassion for others for my students.
What makes you excited to come to school every day? ESD is exceptional in that we offer the highest of academic standards in conjunction with a nurturing atmosphere. This partnership allows teachers to meet every student where he is and move him along his individual academic road. What a thrill! In addition, the teachers at ESD are exceptional on all fronts. My first grade team are master teachers who are always ready to share ideas and laughter. We learn together to benefit students, grow professionally, and communicate effectively with our parent community. The very same is true of our enrichment teachers. They are the BEST! Our administrators are supportive of us and always display a positive attitude. All of these are reasons I skip into school every day :)
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? I hope my students leave my classroom knowing how important it is to truly listen to others, to respect everyone's feelings and ideas, and to know the value of remaining positive. There is ALWAYS something you can do for someone else to brighten his or her day. Remember to count your blessings and share with others!
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! Very few people know I LOVE to go on ziplines! My favorite is the Monster in Toroverde, Puerto Rico, which happens to hold the Guinness World Record for the longest zipline in the world. I felt like Wonder Woman glancing over God's beautiful canopies of nature!
What is your favorite book and why? My favorite series of books are There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, etc. These reflect creativity, laughter, and endless possibilities for young children to add their own endings to if they so choose.
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? I would choose to dine with: Rev. Chris Jones, a past Headmaster of St. Luke's Episcopal School in San Antonio, Elsie Monette, a past Director of The Saint Michael School, and The Rev. Canon Michael Harmuth, a past ESD Lower School Chaplain. These three most special people have inspired me through leading examples in their own lives of wisdom, strong faith, and compassion for others. I cannot imagine the wonderful stories and laughter we would enjoy throughout the evening!
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