Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Cassi at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. 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 look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing from Germantown, Ms Cassi!

cassi with her friends

How long have you worked at Momentum?
My first official start date was October 27, 2017.

What classroom do you teach?
I teach 1 year olds in Cuddly Cuties 3.

What made you want to become a teacher?
When I was younger, I would line my stuffed animals up in the kitchen and use the rolling pin as my pointer to teach on the board (the refrigerator).  When a child (stuffed animal) was in trouble, they had to take a time out in the principal’s office (the bathroom). Needless to say, I have wanted to be a teacher ever since a young age. Now that I’m older, I have come to terms that I could never teach the way I did with my stuffed animals. Shaping young minds is truly my passion.

cassi and her niecesWhat or who inspires you?cassi with her dad
My dad is my inspiration in life. He changed his whole entire life around when he became sober 18 years ago to save his family and his own life. He has shown me that nothing is impossible and you can achieve anything that you put your heart and your mind to. If you work hard enough, never back down, and have a little faith; then you will come out winning on top. I am so proud of my dad and have never been happier to have him as my own. He is my true hero.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)
I love to teach children fine motor skills like putting the shape block in the matching shape hole, or learning to open the hidden animal doors, or learning how to link and unlink the connect letters. Learning how to do those things will actually set them up for big things later on in life.

What is one of your first memories from school?
My favorite memory from school was that there was a tree house inside my kindergarten classroom. I was so excited to go to school every day to play in the tree house. There was a star student every week and that student was the only one that could take their nap in the tree house for the whole week. That tree house is not in that classroom anymore, but I’m sure glad it was when I was there.

What is one of your hidden talents?cassi and her momI have always loved to write. I make up these stories in my head and write them down on paper. I would write short stories in high school and wrote my parent’s poems which they have framed till this day. Words just start flowing through my mind and it’s hard to stop them. I would write my own flannel board stories for the children in my Practicum classes during college. I shocked my teacher when I told her that I made those stories up and didn’t copy them from a book. I actually wanted to be a writer before pursuing teaching, but then I realized that working with children is what I’m meant to do in life.

cassi and her dog

Do you have any pets?
I have a handsome 4 year old lab-coon mix named Major Moose Gatzke. He’s my pride and joy, and truly my best friend. He’s the most loving dog you will ever meet.

What is your favorite thing to cook?
My favorite meal to cook is BBQ Pineapple pulled Chicken with Brown Rice. You just throw it in the Crockpot for a few hours and you’re good to go. My favorite food would have to be my dad’s smoked ribs with his homemade signature sauce.

What is your favorite way to relax?
I love to curl up in my bed with Major by my side and watching a good show or movie on Netflix.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
My favorite TV shows are the Chicago series (Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med). They portray real life events and have a great story line behind them.

cassi teaching

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?cassi teaching (2)I honestly love the days when the children are excited to see you right when you walk in the door in the morning. Getting morning hugs from your children is the best feeling ever. It makes for a great start to your day

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
First and foremost I have to take care of my child (Major) before I do anything else. Then I drink 1-2 cups of coffee. I usually jam out to some music on the way to work to get pumped up for the day.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
I love seeing children learn something that you have been teaching them. Whether that’s learning sign language, learning what a cow says, or learning the color blue. It’s such a great feeling when they finally master what you have been teaching them and learning new experiences.

cassi and her sister (2)cassi and her sisterIf you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to take a class fieldtrip to visit Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in New Hampshire. Families are able to have meet and greats with the sled dogs (many of which are rescue and second chance), help harness and hitch their team, and even help drive the sled. This would be a fun trip for the children and for the dogs.

 

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.