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.
As I was proof-reading their stories I had tears in my eyes. The depth of the caring and empathy, from six and seven year olds, was amazing and humbling. I knew that I had to share their stories.
Some wrote about sickness:
Some wrote about wanting peace in the world:
Some wrote about hunger and homelessness:
One child wrote, "I wish that kindness would spread all over the world so that no one would feel sad anywhere."
Well done first graders! I think many world leaders could learn a lot from you. Merry Christmas!