Meet the teachers and staff at Rogers Adventist School! Every month we feature a fabulous staff member and ask them 10 important questions. Carole Schafer teaches Kindergarten at RAS.
Question 1: How long have you been a teacher?
I have been teaching a total of 20 years.
Question 2: How long have you been teaching at Rogers?
This is my 10th school year teaching Kindergarten at Rogers.
Question 3: Who are some important people in your life?
My parents have always be a huge support to me. My husband and kids have always encouraged me along the way to never give up on finishing my degree. Many friends have been wonderful and have always been there with listening ears.
Question 4: What inspired you to be a teacher?
As a young child, my favorite thing was to play “teacher”. I would line up my friends in a row and “teach” them numbers and letters. My mom saved calendar pictures for many years hoping that I would become a teacher so that I would use all the pictures for my bulletin boards! But I didn’t start that way in College. I was determined to do something, different. I ended up taking an Associate Science Degree in Office Administration and I worked for two years as a medical secretary. There was something missing. During the second year of working in the doctor’s office, a phone call changed my life. I was asked if I would be interested to teach grades 1-4 in the local Adventist Elementary School where we were living. Three days later, without any experience or education classes, I started teaching all subjects to nine students. I loved it and decided that I would go to school and obtain an education degree.
Question 5: Have you ever thought about a different career? If so what?
In my junior and senior years of high school and first year college, I thought about becoming an Occupational Therapist.
Question 6: What is the best part about your job?
I love experiencing the joy and excitement of seeing kids learning. Listening to a child read when they just figured out the connection of putting the sounds of the letters together is a thrill for me. I love getting to know each child and having the best conversations with them. To get a hug or a high five from a student just always makes the day even better.
Question 7: What is the worst part of your job?
It's having to say goodbye to my students at the end of the school year.
Question 8: What do you hope to achieve by being a teacher?
I hope that my students make friends with Jesus through those teachable moments and by example. I hope to excite kids to want to learn more and to challenge them to continue growing. I long to have them make lasting friendships and become an asset in their communities.
Question 9: What’s something special about the grade level that you teach?
Kindergarten children have zest and enthusiasm for life. They are curious about the world they live in. These kids love to explore and discover new things. This makes coming to school each morning a new and exciting day of firsts. These kids are passionate and love to share what they have learned.
Question 10: If Mrs. Bryant randomly cancelled school for the day, what would you do on that day?
First of all I would not set my alarm! I would just sleep in until I was ready to get up. I would then enjoy going out for breakfast downtown Walla Walla with my husband and check out the fun shops. When I would arrive back home it would be time for a nap!