Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Abbie at Sussex

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Our Management team at Momentum Early Learning dedicates much of their time and heart to the children, families, and teachers at Momentum. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a closer look into the life of our Administrative and Marketing Coordinator. Find out what they love and what inspires them.

Introducing Ms. Abbie at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?4THJULY13
4 years

What is your position at Momentum?
I am currently the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator. When I first started working at Momentum I was a Pre-K teacher for two years, then I was the Little Scholars teacher for about a year before taking my position up in the office.11872015_10153529387782224_8589458390009503038_o

What made you want to work in child care?
While trying to decide what kind of career I wanted, I never imagined working in child care. After going through many different majors in college, from Art and Design to Nursing, I finally decided on Business Administration and Art History. While I was in school I took a job as a nanny, and then starting working at a child care center that had late hours that worked with my school schedule. I quickly began to see the importance in quality child care and it made me realize how much early educators impact the first years of a child’s life. After graduating, I was on the lookout for a variety of jobs but working in child care seemed to be the right path for me.14856156_10154374077892224_8790100695228679203_o

IMG_4458What or who inspires you? Why?
I’m lucky to have many inspiring people in my life. One person in particular is my mom. She has worked in Early Education for over 30 years, so I’ve always looked up to her and I go to her often for professional advice. I’ve always tried to mirror her hard work and dedication as I learn and grow in my career in child care. In addition to looking up to her in a professional sense, she is also an inspiring and strong mother of four children. I have learned so much from both of my parents, and I hope to take all of those life lessons and be as good of a parent as they are.

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What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?
My favorite activity to teach has always been art and sensory! They both allow children to get creative, explore new things, and get messy!

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What is one of your first memories from school?
I only have vague memories from when I was in preschool, but I know I was always having fun with my friends and teachers. In Kindergarten, I remember Zero the Hero coming to our class. She was this wacky lady who came to our class to teach us about counting.

What is one of your hidden talents? IMG_5764I played ice hockey my whole life and even played through college at UW-Eau Claire. I still try to play as much as I can in adult hockey leagues, which is how I met my husband, Ian. Our son, Owen, has also developed a love for the game. 🙂

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Do you have any pets?  We have a dog named Libby. She is a Pomeranian, Shiba Inu mix.

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What is your favorite thing to cook?
I love to bake and cook. I don’t have a particular meal I like to cook, but I just love to explore new recipes and try new things.

What is your favorite way to relax?
Spending time with my family is always relaxing. I also enjoy doing yoga and going to the gym to relax and unwind.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?IMG_5763My favorite shows are Friends and New Girl.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum is when children and teachers are happy, healthy, and ready to take on the day! It definitely makes it easy to work in environment where everyone is so dedicated to making a difference in young children’s lives. And it’s always great when Cindy decides to pop in for the day. 😉

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I’m not a great morning person, but I’m usually the first one to wake up. I eat a good breakfast, make Owen’s lunch and my lunch, get us both ready for the day and then head out the door. Nothing special, but with a little one, it’s important to stick to the same routine.

What is the best thing about working at Momentum?
Every day is different, and you never really know what you’re going to get. I love that I don’t work somewhere that is mundane and the same work every day. Working at Momentum allows me to use my creativity, and I get to work with a variety of children. I also love that I get to see Owen throughout the day and see how much fun he is having!

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would take a preschool class to a famous art museum. Not enough young children are taught to appreciate fine art.