A large part of what makes Cloverleaf so unique is the individuals who make up the whole. We have an incredibly dedicated, inventive staff– some who have been with us since the beginning and some who are thrilled to be coming aboard this year. Our blogs often give you an inside look at the inner workings of Cloverleaf, and since our people are such an integrated part of that, we asked them to share a bit of themselves with you, too! So, we came up with five questions that we hope reveal some fun and intriguing facts about each of our staff members.
To kick off the first in our new Cloverleaf Staff Spotlight series, we want to introduce you to a new face this year: Ms. Jennifer! You can find her bio here, and a picture of her with her game face on below.
1. Growing up, did you enjoy school?
Yes, I very much enjoyed school. Math always came easy to me, while I struggled more with Language Arts. I believe struggling with Language Arts ultimately made me become a better teacher in the subject area. I understand the need to present information in different ways and can relate more easily when students question the material. I also don’t recall every being taught phonics. I have extremely enjoyed learning phonics through teacher trainings and was surprised to learn how much spoken and written English makes sense, when you simply understand the patterns and exceptions of the language. Surprisingly, high school was my favorite stage of schooling. I’ve played tennis since I was five, and chose to go to a school outside of my district specifically to play for their tennis team. I lettered in varsity tennis my freshman year and we won the 5A state championship my junior year. I later went on to be a certified tennis coach and participated in the work program my senior year, coaching tennis to kids ages 4-18 at a local community park.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An archeologist. I loved playing outside and in the dirt!
3. What is the most significant lesson your work life has taught you?
It’s important to take the time and acknowledge all of the little successes students, parents, and teachers accomplish everyday. Progress, on any scale, is worth celebrating. Identifying what we can be proud of in ourselves and others on a daily basis, encourages positive self-image and the development of healthy habits.
4. What are you proudest of?
I am most proud of my family. While we are far from perfect, they have taught me the meaning of acceptance and unconditional love.
5. Your six-word memoir- go!
We are all children at heart!