Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.
Teachers have first day of school "jitters" too!
Will I have enough crayons and pencils for everyone? Did I spell everyone’s name correctly? Do my students know how they are getting home...walking, taking the bus, going to day care? How can I help my First Grade "criers?"
Like some students, teachers also have trouble sleeping the night before school opens. We solve problems in our mind and over-plan activities for the first day. We try to anticipate student’s needs.
Even veteran teachers expect the unexpected.
So, as I finished my twenty-third "first day" of a new school year, I’m breathing a big sigh of relief! Hardly any classroom tears, all lunches were served on time, no lost students, and all arrived safely at their after school destinations.
Whew! To all fellow teachers who have completed their "first day," I say rest easy. We’re off to a great start for a new school year!