Teacher Spotlight on Mrs. FleishmanTammy Breece2019-09-25T05:29:08-07:00
Grades Taught: Kindergarten
Years at Telesis: Going on 2nd year
Past Teaching Experience:
Junior High and High School Math, 5 years
Kindergarten, 3 years
Years at Telesis: Starting 2nd year with Telesis
Kinder Camp Teacher
Bachelors-Psychology and Elementary Education Masters-Special Education
Q. What motivated you to become a teacher?
A. I was going to school to become a psychologist, and then I got pregnant and got married â€“ and thatâ€™s when I realized that I didnâ€™t know anything about life!Â I felt like I would be a hypocrite if I were to become a counselor.Â I thought becoming a teacher would be the perfect opportunity to spend more time with my daughter.
Q. Why do you like teaching?
A. I enjoy teaching because itâ€™s very rewarding and itâ€™s actually fun.Â Itâ€™s rewarding to watch children grow and learn â€“ especially when they learn something they are struggling with.Â They overcome that and I get to watch the progress. AND when they get excited about learning, thatâ€™s fun!
Q. How does the teaching profession give back to you, when teachers give so much?
A. The truth is, and it goes back to that saying, â€œYouâ€™ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do.â€ — and thatâ€™s basically what it is. I love what I do.Â Â When I do put that extra time and money into my classroom, it pays off. It always does.
Q. Whatâ€™s something important that youâ€™d like your students to take away from class?
A. To love reading, enjoy learning, and know that struggling is okay because it means youâ€™re learning.Â If youâ€™re not struggling, youâ€™re not learning. Just like riding a bike. You have to learn how to ride it, youâ€™re not just going to take off.
Q. Who inspires you? Why?
A. My parents inspire me as far as work ethics go – they were both very hard-working.Â Jesus Christ is an inspiration because, as a human being, if you look at Christâ€™s life, that would be the ultimate life to live â€“ that kind of humbleness and outlook.
Q. Whatâ€™s your favorite thing about teaching kindergarten â€“ about that age group?
A. You see so much progress from the beginning to the end. Â They come in not knowing much and by the end of the year they can read and write.Â They are always so happy and eager to learn â€“ they are always ready to go.
Q. What is your favorite thing to teach?
A. My favorite thing to teach, when I taught at the junior high level, was math, pre-algebra and algebra.Â At the kindergarten level, it would be phonics and Super Kids.Â The Super Kids is so much fun because they get to meet a new character and they are always eager to know whatâ€™s next.Â
Q. What made you fall in love with teaching kindergarten?
A. When I was going to school to be a teacher, I said I would never teach kindergarten or middle school.Â But my first opportunity was actually to teach kindergarten at Bethany Middle School.Â Â I was able to do my student teaching with kindergartners.Â It just happened that my next opportunity was to teach math (at junior high level).Â And then I came here (to Telesis) to teach math, but then I was asked if Iâ€™d be interested in teaching kindergarten and I was thinking, â€œaahhhâ€, but I am SO glad I did it. It worked out great!Â
Q. Is there anything that a parent has said to you that has made your day?
A. That their child loves reading now and they love coming to school. That means a lot to me â€“ when they say their child enjoys coming to class.
Q. Whatâ€™s your favorite thing about Telesis?
A. My favorite thing about Telesis is the small community â€“ it has that community feeling.Â I like it because itâ€™s a CKH (Capturing Kidsâ€™ Hearts) school and it feels like a Capturing Kidsâ€™ Hearts school. The last school I worked at was a CKH school, but it didnâ€™t have that same sense of community.Â I also LOVE that Telesis does the Super Kids curriculum.