1. Can you tell us a little about your background and how long have you been a teacher at St. John School? My name is Kathleen Sviokla. I graduated college at Salem State University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. I am in my second year teaching at St. John School and am also taking courses at Wheelock College to receive my Master’s in Early Childhood Education. My goal is to receive my professional license in Early Childhood Education.
2. What attracted you to teaching?
Since I was a little girl I had always wanted to teach. I remember having so much fun playing “teacher” in my room with all of my dolls and stuffed animals lined up. I had a very positive kindergarten experience and I knew that teaching is what I want to do.
3. What is most rewarding about being a teacher?
I think the most rewarding thing about being a teacher is seeing the progress in the students throughout the year. I love seeing how much the students grow not only academically, but also physically and emotionally. It’s amazing to see a child’s face light up when they’re excited about learning.
4. What is one thing you wish someone had told you before you started your first day of teaching?
As a teacher you can’t have unrealistic expectations for your class. Some days I get everything done with the students and some days we are unable to complete every activity that was planned for the day and that’s ok.
5. What’s the newest, freshest approach you are bringing to your job as a St. John School teacher?
Each student is taught according to their own pace and development. It’s important to make sure that all needs are met so that there are no distractions to block learning from happening.
6. What is the hardest thing about being a teacher?
The hardest thing about being a teacher is not getting overwhelmed when the schedule isn’t being followed. Some days I get everything done with the students and some days we are unable to complete every activity that was planned for the day.
7. What is something your students have taught you?
The children have taught me to use more of my imagination. The students helped me think outside of the box when coming up with activities or lessons. I think about how I can make learning more intriguing and exciting so that the kids are enjoying the learning experience.
8. What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?
In my free time there are many activities I love such as going to the movies, going for a walk, going out to eat at a fun restaurant, going to the mall and also lounging in bed with a good book to read.
9. What’s your favorite funny story about yourself?
Growing up, when I used to wave hello or goodbye, I used to wave backwards.
10. What was your favorite toy (or game) as a child, and why?
My favorite game as a child was playing Candy Land. I loved the characters and all of the colors and different “worlds” on the Candy land board.