Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lori at Sussex

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 Ms. Lori at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?IMG-7592
I have worked at Momentum for a little over two years.

What classroom do you teach?bluepuppet
When I first began teaching here, I worked as a floater.  A few months later, I landed happily in CC2.

What made you want to become a teacher?
I loved school and I loved to learn. In first grade, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. (and a ballerina!)  Later on I also realized how much I enjoyed being with young children, and Early Childhood Education was a perfect fit.

What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by those who show kindness toward others, positivity, generosity of spirit, forgiveness, empathy and those people brave enough to fight for what they believe in.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?17191022_10154714855462224_3163014515050415403_n
When I taught ‘older children’ (3, 4 5 year olds), I thought of myself as more of a facilitator rather than a teacher.  I believed in creating a classroom environment rich in hands on opportunities: fun learning centers, lots of books, puzzles, file folder games. The preschoolers learned without realizing they were learning!! I especially enjoyed Social studies, Science and introducing students to the wonderful world of Children’s Literature. Now that I work with infants, I find that they are teaching ME!  I am fascinated by their developing social skills, which begin much younger than I ever realized.  I love nurturing and bonding with my babies, helping them feel safe and secure while they are at Momentum.  It’s exciting for me to watch their excitement when we sing songs, play on the floor together, and introduce them to simple sights and experiences for the first time.  (new foods, finger paint, grass, fur, colorful balls, toys…..the list goes on) And I still love reading to those that are interested!! 🙂

What is one of your first memories from school?
I remember chart stories and learning to read in 1st grade. We still had reading groups back then! A whole new world was opening up.Lori

What is one of your hidden talents?
Sadly, I have no talents, hidden or otherwise.  I dabble in lots of things, but that’s about it.  Wait…I’m a good speller…does that count?

Do you have any pets?Lori2
I love animals and house pets.  Right now, I only have two fur-children….Lola and Rico.  They are brother and sister yorkie-poos. I also have a grand dog-ter and two grand cats.  At my peak, I had three dogs, two cats, a bird and a guinea pig.  I’ve also had a pet rat, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, an aquarium, turtles, hermit crabs, frogs, fish….pretty much everything, except a horse.  I’d like to have a tea cup piggy someday.

Lori3What is your favorite thing to cook?
I don’t cook much anymore, but if any of my adult children come home, I am happy to cook or bake anything they remember fondly from their childhood. Lori4

What is your favorite way to relax?
Relaxing for me usually involves a book…in front of a fireplace in winter or in my yard in summer.  I also find gardening to be relaxing, as well as, spending time with my dogs, and being in and among nature.Lori5

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
I don’t watch much TV, but I do enjoy ‘This Is Us’, ‘Amazing Race’, and ‘Last Man Standing.’

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum begins with the happy faces of the children as they come into the building…so much enthusiasm even at 7:00 in the morning! Then there are the friendly greetings from the parents and the camaraderie among my co-teachers…lots of smiles and laughs.  When all of our CC2 babies are healthy and content, that’s the icing on the cake.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I wake up early.  Sometimes I read the prior day’s newspaper. Almost always I have coffee.  My dogs and I like to walk around the yard and see what’s blooming (in the summer obviously). I Snapchat my son…we have quite a streak going….and do a few chores because I like coming home to a clean house.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
I’ve spent my entire working career as a teacher.  I love watching a child’s skills grow and develop…those ‘aha’ moments for them and me when I know I’ve had a hand in their learning. Whether it’s academic or social, it is so gratifying (and humbling) to think I may have a positive effect on a child’s life. Children are so honest and eager and their excitement is contagious.  And, of course, the affection and the hugs and snuggles that I get everyday…well that’s the best of the best.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I honestly wouldn’t want to take my class on a field trip!  I would, however, love to see each CC2 baby have the opportunity to take a family trip to Africa and go on safari.  I’d be happy to chaperone!

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.