Hi, I'm Jennica!
Tell us a little about yourself I am a seasoned performer with an extensive history of sharing my passion for the arts with young people. I feel strongly that an early introduction to the arts is a great way to encourage creativity, self expression, collaboration and communication. It also builds self confidence. I have worked in both private institutions as well as for various public schools in NYC. As a new mom myself, I understand the hope that most parents have that their children be in a safe and fun environment and that they grow consistently over the course of the residency. What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? Students will behave when they are interested in the class and in what is being discussed. Thus, the key to behavorial management is to ensure that the child is connected, or "plugged in", to what is being taught. Find out what they like and find a way to connect that to the class. They also respond well to praise and incentives.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? A great teacher is someone who sincerely cares about her students and about their progress. Everything else stems from there. It is important to have communication skills, be organized, and have behavorial management skills, yes. But all of these are not very valuable unless they come from a place of genuine interest and investment in the life of the child.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher? Being a teacher is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others. It is often a challenging job, yes, but at the same time it is also rewarding and meaningful. I would recommend being prepared with lesson plans and curriculum, but at the same time being flexible with that outline because every day is different and you never know what the needs of the class will be on that particular day.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses? Technology is great and has really helped us move society forward. Even still, there is simply no substitute for being live, in person. We are human beings, and by design, we are meant to be in community with other humans. We are complex beings with a variety of emotions, personalities, behavorial styles...part of learning and growing up to be functional adults who contribute to society is to be among other people and interact with other people. As teachers, we get to do what a computer cant- we get to be with them in person and share that passion and excitement with them. By being present, we make the subject "come alive".