Education - Teachers First

Oct 27, 2010 1:27 PM by Andy Koen

Kindergarten teacher enjoys starting students off right

Holly Ciresi feels right at home in a kindergarten classroom. The Penrose Elementary teacher is in her 42nd year teaching, all of it in early childhood education.

"Kindergarten is a very special place to be," Ciresi says. "I think one of my most important goals is to instill the joy of learning in these children."

Expectations have increased for kindergarteners over the years, but Ciresi says it's still important to teach the intangibles like how to enjoy learning.

"Children, when they're this young, love learning and it's our job to take advantage of that and to encourage that."

It's one reason why she encourages her pupils to make choices among their learning activities and their play time.

"I believe that the children need to have buy-in in their learning and to have choices, we talk about choices all the time."

This is Mrs. C's last year in the classroom. She's retiring at the end of the school year, but says she's not going to stop teaching.

"I have grandchildren and I want to be able to share in their education."

And for dedicating her career to launching generations of lifetime learners, Holly Ciresi is our October Teachers First award winner.

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