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TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG

"The teachers at ESD have transformed my life. In doing that, I have grown and touched the moon!"
- A member of the Class of 2018

Check back each week for a new post! 

Bryce Sizemore, Second Grade Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? 
I've always enjoyed working with children, and after coaching for several years I knew that I wanted to make a bigger impact in the field in of education.

Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? 
I'm excited to come to ESD everyday because of the genuine enthusiasm my students have for learning.  I love having the opportunity to teach them, but I learn just as much from them as they do from me!

Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? 
I hope to help my students have a genuine pride and love for themselves and to be proud of who they are.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
Most people probably wouldn't guess that I was a competitive cheerleader growing up and have coached competitive cheerleading for many years - in fact I've been involved with the sport for almost 18 years!

What is your favorite book and why? 
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. We broke it and need to fix it as best we can.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
My favorite book is "The Story of Ferdinand" because I feel the message is timeless - it's OK to be different, that's what makes the world a great place!

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday March 19
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Marc Horn, Early Childhood Science Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? 
Watching and learning from teachers in school and college - what they did and did not not do.

Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? 
Friendly and welcoming students, faculty, staff, administration and parents.

Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? 
Expansively broad perspectives, humility, inclusion/diversity, and life-long learning.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
Astronomy, hiking in rugged wilderness, trumpet playing, poetry, twin sister, and teams that play well for sport.

What is your favorite book and why? 
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. We broke it and need to fix it as best we can.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
President Obama. Dr. Carl Sagan. Dr. Martin Luther King. Gandhi. Intelligence, wisdom, timeless perspectives, and drive for the common good.

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday March 5
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Annie Jonas, Fourth Grade Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? 
I realized I wanted to teach while on a mission trip in high school. I loved working with the children and seeing their eyes light up with excitement and the feeling of accomplishment as they were learning and exploring new subjects. What my students may not know is how often and how much I enjoy learning from them. The relationships and bonds created between a teacher and student are priceless.

Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? 
I love my students and I am eager to see what each day will bring for all of us, and what we will learn together.

Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? 
No matter what, try! Take the leap!

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
I love photography and spending time outside. I especially love taking pictures of my almost six month old son now. I love cheering for Texas Tech and the Green Bay Packers!

What is your favorite book and why? 
My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables. I read it once a year. I love the story of Anne, with an e, because my name is Anne...with an e.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
Oh, this is a tough question! Lin Manuel Miranda because I love the musical, Hamilton. I think he's such a talented musician and writer. He's a perfect example of how writing changes lives. Carol Burnett would be another guest I would love to have a meal with. She has so many stories and I know we could all be laughing. Finally, Julia Child, my hope would be to have dinner prepared and shared with her. I'd love to hear about her life and her lesser known career as a spy.

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday February 19
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Ann Carter, Pre-K Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? 
I was a born teacher! My Grandmother taught second grade for 25 years and I think that passion was passed on to me.

Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? 
I love teaching in the Pre-K classroom. The joy, smiles and hugs I get every morning ALWAYS starts my day off on a positive.

Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? 
Treat others as you would want to be treated, kindness matters, and live in the moment. To quote Winnie the Pooh:
“What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.

What is a hobby nobody would guess you would have? What do you enjoy outside of the classroom? Do you have a sports team or art form that you particularly enjoy or cheer for? Or tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
I LOVE to cook!! I enjoy trying new recipes from the many cookbooks that I read. My “inner Giada” would love a cooking show!!

What is your favorite book and why? 
My favorite book is Jesus Calling. I have read it everyday for 10 years and there is always a new message that is meaningful at the moment.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
Jesus, because I would want to thank him for what he does in my life. Elton John, because I have loved his music my entire life. Thankfully, I was able to attend his farewell tour in Dallas with my daughter. I would want to see my PawPaw again. He paved the way for me being a teacher – he was the kindest, most sincere man.

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday January 22 at 02:08PM
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Edna Cannata, Kindergarten Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? 
I came into teaching later in my career. I worked in public health for the first half of my life. My favorite part of public health was teaching children how to make healthy eating choices and how to cook. From there, I realized I wanted to teach. I love the joy and curiosity that children bring with them into the classroom. So I went back to school and got my teaching certification. 

Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? 
I love the joy and curiosity that my students bring into the classroom. They arrive each morning with a big smile, ready to learn! I am excited to see what they discover as they learn. I also have the privilege of working with so many amazing and talented teachers. I am inspired daily by their innovative and caring teaching skills. The ESD environment is one of respect and support.

Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? 
I want my students to respect others and to be inclusive of others.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
We lived on the Italian Rivera in Genoa, Italy for 18 months. Because of that time, we were able to travel all over Europe. One my favorite activities was riding bikes on the city walls of Lucca, Italy. 
My husband says my super power is my ability to recognize and know a large variety of obscure animals and plants. My undergraduate degree was in biology and I truly wanted to be a biologist working for National Geographic. I love to visit any zoo, natural history museum, or park where I can learn more about animals. 
I watch football and cheer on the Vanderbilt Commodores (Anchor Down) and the UT Longhorns (hook em).

What is your favorite book and why? 
Lord of the Rings trilogy. I always enjoy an end of the world, good vs. evil story. I wonder if I could be as courageous as Frodo or any of the members of the fellowship of the ring are and what would I do if was in their place.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
Michelle Obama - Inspirational woman who continues to promote children's issues such as eating healthy and educating girls. I loved her quote "When they go, low we go high."
Rick Steves - I have traveled all over Europe following Rick's dining and walking suggestions. Rick encourages you to live like a native of the country you are visiting.
Robert Crosthwait - my father, he passed away 13 years ago and we still miss him. I would love for him to see me teaching, to meet my adult children, and his great grandson.

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday January 8
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Angela O'Brien: Early Childhood Spanish Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? 
People can teach the simplest thing, how to make your bed, or the most complex one, how to drive. But certainly just a few people know how to enthrall and inspire others and being able to witness a child grasp a concept for the very first time is the best feeling in the world. My motivation is rewarding when I am able to help a student to reach with clarity their learning process. With that, being able to add self-confidence and independent growth is definitely a life-changing for them, and of course for myself.

Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? 
Every day I have the best day at ESD. I love to come and embrace myself in such a warm community of faculty and students. Life is about experiences, feelings, and memories, and I am very fortunate to be able to be in a space that recognizes them and appreciates them. This is my first year at ESD and since day one I felt how everyone greets me with great attitude and enthusiasm.

Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? 
I would like my students to leave my classroom learning respect for others above everything else and learn this golden rule to apply it in their day to day life. I would also like for them to be able to embrace changes and regard it as an adventure. And of course, taking every day as a learning opportunity to explore and enrich their lives by enjoying each little thing they can.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
I am the biggest fan of the World Cup! I waited very patiently for four years to enjoy the World Cup last summer - it was great! What I like the most is that I get to know more about another culture. Everyone is happy, and, even cheering for different teams, it feels like just one community around the world.

What is your favorite book and why? 
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I’ve read this book multiple times in my life, and it always opens my eyes to something new every time I read the story. I consider myself the fox that teaches little students to be kind, honest, and real in life. I am a believer that when you do things with your heart, and with the best intention, it is the best way to expose yourself in the everyday world.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
I would go to dinner with my fifth-grade history teacher Irma Ortiz. I would love to tell her about my journey being a teacher and how she impacted my life with her confidence when I expressed to her that I was interested in becoming one. Michael, my best friend who always had the right word in the most difficult circumstances, and the biggest laugh! And finally, I would ask Princess Diana: What is the lesson of life that you have taught your children?

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday October 30, 2018
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Amber Stautzenberger: Early Childhood Art Teacher

What motivated and inspired you to teach? My high school art teacher, my own passion for creating, and interest in various cultures are what inspired me to study fine arts. I love sharing my knowledge of art elements, art history, and the plethora of cultures involved to strengthen creativity, critical thinking, global competency, confidence, and motor skills.

What makes you excited to come to school every day? Teaching for the early childhood program here at ESD is a new experience daily. Watching children become wide-eyed with amazement when discovering blue mixed with red makes purple, or finding out the can create a sculpture from clay is consistently a heartwarming reward.

What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? It's not always about the final goal, but about the journey along the way. Learning from hardships is what helps to build character.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! I am a Mixed Martial Artist with 10 professional fights and hold a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Currently, I'm taking a break to focus on my family and teaching.

Posted by Katie Voss in Lower School on Tuesday October 9, 2018 at 03:40PM
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Chelsea Pemberton: Early Childhood Librarian

 

What motivated and inspired you to teach? I have always loved the excitement and discovery in a school environment. What better way to experience that every day than to become a teacher?

What makes you excited to come to school every day? In the library, I have the absolute joy of seeing a wide range of students grow in their discovery of literature, stories, information, and knowledge every single day. I believe so strongly that we are all made up of collections of stories and helping children learn to share those stories and experience the stories of others who may or may not be just like them is what being a human is all about.

What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? I hope my students enter and exit the library with a renewed sense of wonder that continues throughout their lives as learners. Wonder is about a sense of magic, which we could all use a little more of, but we could also use a little bit more of the ability to question and find out more.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! This may not be terribly surprising, but I do love musical theatre and in my younger days performed in a number of school and local shows. Nowadays I tend to perform mostly in my car on the way to and from school.

What is your favorite book and why? Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery has always been my absolute favorite. Anne is very much my kindred spirit and I delight in every re-reading of this story and its sequels each year.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? I would have dinner with my grandmother, the great storyteller of our family and someone I feel with my every day even though she is gone. The second person would be my first grade teacher who I have kept in touch with throughout my life and who always gives me good advice and encouragement. My third person would be Lin Manuel Miranda because he is a genius and if I'm having dinner with him, then maybe, just maybe I can get my hands on some Hamilton tickets!

Posted by Julie A. Clardy in Lower School on Tuesday September 11, 2018
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Becca Bryan: Elementary Music Teacher and Fourth Grade Singers Director


What makes you excited to come to school every day? I get to directly inspire creativity in a highly energetic field, music.

What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? Beyond musicianship, I want my students to know that struggle and risk-taking are positive, life-giving experiences that lead to learning.

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! Outside of school, Mr. Bryan (Upper School English and Sophomore Dean) and I love rocking out on our guitars in our home.

What is your favorite book and why? My favorite book series is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? If I chose three people to dine with, I would choose revolutionaries and poets or musicians and our passionate conversations would change the world: Beethoven, The Apostle Peter, and Joan of Arc.

Posted by Julie A. Clardy in Lower School on Monday September 3, 2018
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Davis Felder '06: Assistant Director of Outdoor Education

 

What motivated and inspired you to teach? Teaching outdoor skills, specifically paddling, at camp was where it all started. I did it because it was fun and I got to go kayaking all the time. After expressing dislike of my job out of college, my Aunt on my Mom's side, Anne Chenoweth, suggested I look at teaching  in the classroom. It was because of her I explored moving from summer camp outdoor education to classroom teaching at schools in Dallas. I still do it because its fun!

What makes you excited to come to school every day? My job allows me to be outside basically every single day of the (school) year. I get to share the joy of simply being outside in a world where we are a little too connected, inside.

What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? Other than the ability to enjoy nature and disconnect from technology, I want students to have an opinion. If they really don't like something, I want them to express it - even if its nature!

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! My current hobby is trying to decrease the number of hobbies I have. I enjoy fishing, kayaking, sailing, working on and riding bicycles, golf, and soccer. I root for all the Dallas sports teams, and love watching the World Cup, Champions League, and Serie A - specifically A.C. Milan.

What is your favorite book and why? The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons. I've been a fan of sci-fi literature, but the first book in the Cantos was an incredible experience. I plan to re-read it every decade. Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a close second!

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? I'm going to go with two. Kurt Vonnegut and my Grandmother. My Dad knew I enjoyed Vonnegut in my high school years, and always suggested I go visit him at his house in New York. He had an open door to anyone who wanted to meet him. I regret never doing that, so I'd have him over for dinner. My grandmother, was a huge influence on my life, and an amazing woman. I'd like her to meet my wife and catch up. Most importantly, we would be eating BBQ and fried chicken.

Posted by in Upper School, Middle School, Lower School on Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 01:56PM
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