Meet the teachers and staff at Rogers Adventist School! Every month we feature a fabulous staff member and ask them 10 important questions. Jennifer Castleman teaches Kindergarten at RAS.
Question 1: How long have you been a teacher?
I taught for four years at MSAS and this is my second year teaching at Rogers.
Question 2: How long have you been teaching at Rogers?
I've been working at Rogers as a substitute teacher and teacher's aide since 2010 and have now been teaching kindergarten for two years.
Question 3: Who are some important people in your life?
My husband Randy is a physical therapist in College Place, my son Conner (7th grade), my daughter Kylie (6th grade) and my son Caden (2nd grade).
Question 4: What inspired you to be a teacher?
I have wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. When I was little I would spend hours lining up my animals and dolls to "teach" them. I have always chosen jobs where I could work with children (babysitting, being a nanny for several summers while I was in college, working in preschools and daycares).
Question 5: Have you ever thought about a different career? If so what?
I never thought about a different career. The only thing I wanted to do more than be a teacher was to be a mom (which is why I took a break from teaching as soon as I had my first child and just came back once my last child entered school).
Question 6: What is the best part about your job?
Getting to instill a love of learning and the moments of all the "firsts" with school - when letters make sense and words take on meaning and lines on a page turn into reading! I love the active learning that I can do with kindergarteners.
Question 7: What is the worst part of your job?
The only bad part about teaching is there's not enough time in each day. I wish there were more hours! That, and catching colds.
Question 8: What do you hope to achieve by being a teacher?
I hope to instill a confidence in each child's abilities and a love of learning and a belief in Jesus' love for them.
Question 9: Do you have any heroes?
My heroes are my parents and my grammie. In my childhood and adult life, my parents have taught me to be hard working and they are role models for being kind and empathetic people. My grammie made me believe that I could do anything I wanted. She taught me the importance of accepting everyone and showed through her example how to love people just as they are.
Question 10: What’s something special about the grade level that you teach?
I am at the beginning of education with these special children. The atmosphere we create in our classroom will help set the stage for the rest of their education. I also love that in kindergarten we get to make learning fun.
Bonus Question: If Mrs. Bryant randomly cancelled school for the day, what would you do on that day?
My favorite way to spend the day is in my pajamas, in the morning drinking hot drinks and eating cinnamon rolls with my kids while we read together or watch a movie. My afternoon would be full of board games along with spending time outside (bike riding, hiking, or a game of basketball).