18 Months to 18 Years: A Great Preschool Teacher Can Influence a Student for the Rest of Their Life
Great educators connect with your kids and reach them on multiple levels, because the best teachers are committed to their students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom. As the saying goes, a great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
It is not always easy to change a student’s life, which is why it takes a special person to do so. Some children just need a gentle nudge to boost their confidence; other kids may be going through something troubling in their personal lives and need someone to help them learn how to express their feelings. Whatever the child needs to help them excel, a life-changing preschool teacher will be there for them.
While you will spend your entire career learning the different ways you can change your students’ lives, here are three aspects that are directly affected by a great teacher.
How Teachers Influence Student’s Lives
A great preschool teacher makes learning fun, stimulating, and engaging, as these lessons and activities are pivotal to a young child’s success in reaching major developmental milestones. It is also important to remember that some students are more dependent on an engaging teacher. Making the classroom an exciting environment for learning will hold the child’s fascination. Encouraging children may not be easy, but taking strides to do so can benefit them immensely in the long run.
Have you ever had a teacher who inspired you to work harder or pursue a particular goal? Every teacher has the ability to give their students the gift of inspiration.
Inspiring a child’s imagination and creative thinking is integral to ensuring their success as a preschooler. It is also integral in ensuring their readiness to enter elementary school once they are old enough. Kids who are inspired can accomplish amazing things and your influence can stay with them all the way through high school!
Teachers can also be a trusted source of guidance. Preschool educators can help children overcome their fears, like being away from their parents, or learn social skills important in creating friendships. When a child is struggling with something, having a great preschool teacher to look up to may be just what they need!
Importance of Little Lukes Teachers in Students Lives
We recently asked our teachers about their favorite preschool memory and why they love being a preschool teacher. Here are just a few of their amazing testimonies.
Christina G. - "I have worked in many capacities, in and outside of the classroom, and what I love the most are the special connections I make with many of the children. It is wonderful when I can walk into the classroom and be greeted with welcoming smiles & hugs. I feel appreciated; and will always take a minute or two to stop and tie a shoe, sing a song, dance or laugh with our Little Lukes Kiddos - as I appreciate them just as much."
Sarah T. - "My favorite memory at Little Lukes is when I taught the butterfly theme for the first time. My students had so much fun watching the different stages of the butterfly, and naming each chrysalis. When we came in Monday we had five butterflies that had emerged from their chrysalis. The awe and excitement I witnessed on their faces will never be replicated."
Laura L. - "I get the chance to watch kids grow and change, and I get to teach them and have fun with them at the same time. I am all about making school a place they want to be. I think school and learning should always be fun and as hands on as possible. I want the kids to learn without knowing they are learning."
Our preschool teachers are so proud of what they do, because they know they are making a difference. Every child that attends preschool walks away with a new memory, a new skill, and a new friend. That’s why preschool teachers truly are real life superheroes!
Careers in Early Childhood Education
Interested in pursuing a career as a preschool teacher? Ask your college advisor about early childhood education at your university. Don’t forget to review our Little Lukes careers page. Little Lukes offers certification expense reimbursement, and NYS offers loan forgiveness for Little Lukes teachers.
Little Lukes Educational Preschool
Little Lukes is a leading Syracuse and Oswego County educational preschool and childcare provider with five inclusive preschool locations. The early education program includes credentialed and caring staff that specializes in comprehensive infant, toddler and pre-kindergarten development. Additional services include pediatric speech therapy, pediatric physical therapy and pediatric occupational therapy. Preschool locations include Dewitt (East Syracuse), Baldwinsville (Radisson), Oswego, Fulton, and Pulaski.
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