Kamona Herring is the mother of three
boys, the oldest of whom completed kindergarten last year and will
begin first grade in the fall. Kamona felt that her son Keenen had
a very successful first year in school, thanks to the efforts of
a caring teacher.
Kamona stressed how friendly and helpful
her sons kindergarten teacher had been. Keenenīs kindergarten teacher
was a 30 year veteran teacher who Kamona felt had learned well from
each experience and had adapted her teaching accordingly. Kamona
noted that Keenens teacher showed real interest in each student
in her class. Kamona especially appreciated the way the teacher
helped parents feel like a part of their childs learning.
Communication was a key component in
making kindergarten a successful experience for teacher, parents
and students. Conferences were informative and positive in nature.
If a problem arose in the childs learning, this teacher suggested
strategies and activities to meet the studentīs needs. Weekly folders
of student work, along with an informative newsletter of class activities,
contributed to Kamonas knowledge of what her son was doing in class.
The weekly newsletter included highlights
of positive student efforts as well as notations of parental assistance
to the classroom in various forms. Thank you notes were sent to
parents who made various contributions of time or materials to the
class. The teacher encouraged parents to contact the teacher with
questions as they arose, and the teacher made herself accessible
to respond. Kamona especially appreciated the fact that this teaching
veteran was so open to new ideas. She also appreciated the teacher's
assistant, who made an effort to spend time with each student.
Kamona expressed her appreciation that
her son was able to be a part of a positive beginning for him and
a positive ending for this caring teacher.
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