Bright Beginnings


Catching Up With Our Teachers

Teachers are the heart and soul of Bright Beginnings. As an organization, we’ve more than 25 years of classroom excellence to D.C.’s most vulnerable children. As the new school year beings, we caught up with Early Head Start and Head Start educators to learn more about the upcoming school year and how BBI students are progressing so far this fall.

Alona Leibowitz-Early Head Start and Head Start Floater

How have the first few weeks of school been?

The first weeks of school have been really good. The children are doing well, adjusting to their new classrooms.

What changes have you seen in your students?

The children are growing every day. Walking, talking, and sharing with each other. It’s wonderful to watch.

What are some lesson plans and curriculum you’re looking forward to introducing this year?
I love going outside with the children. When the children are outside they can be free and explore their world and nature. Often times we will go on “community walks” to the grocery store or library.

What do you love most about teaching?

I love working with the children, teaching them new skill and watching them grow and develop. I love when the children are group of themselves. Moments of accomplishment are so rewarding, seeing children take pride in new skills is wonderful.

 

April Fleming –Early Head Start Teacher

How have the first few weeks of school been?
The first few weeks of school have been really good. Attendance has been great in our classroom. I’ve really enjoyed building relationships with new children and their families.

What changes have you seen in your students?
The children are becoming more confident in themselves, opening up to each other, communicating and sharing. The children are also learning to navigate their emotions and learning the names of their classmates. I enjoy being in the new classroom.

What are some lesson plans and curriculum you’re looking forward to introducing this year?
I’m excited to introducing more memorization activities and name recognition. This is a time where the children learn, their body parts, identify shapes, colors and sizes. Incorporating the outside is always fun, talking about their environment and surroundings.

What do you love most about teaching?
I love seeing changes happen every day. You truly feel like you are making a difference in their lives. The children take in everything like a sponge.