Name: Cheryl LaBudie
School: L'Anse Creuse Child Care Program
What or who inspired you to become a teacher?
My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Osterlund, was the person who inspired me to become a teacher. I saw firsthand how she reached out to those struggling and encouraged her students to be successful. She always came to class with a smile and told us how important it was to find a job you love. It was then that I realized that I wanted to make a difference in the eyes of a child.
How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?
I believe the biggest change over the last five years would be the demographics of the students in the classroom. I feel that parents' ideas have changed throughout the years.
What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?
Wake up each morning with a smile to give, a hug of comfort and words of kindness to share. Many children depend on you to make a difference in their world. Learn from your mistakes and strive to make learning a hands-on opportunity geared for each child to be successful.
My best day in the classroom was when…
I was able to make a difference in a challenged child's life. He was adopted and by the age of three had been through so many difficult situations that he lacked the ability to trust. Within a few weeks I was able to break his barriers and change his outlook on coming to school. I knew I made a difference when he came in one morning and ran up and hugged me tight and said, "I love you." That was the best gift I could ever receive.
The best compliment I ever received was...
My director wrote on my evaluation that I have an excellent relationship with my parents and students.
What's your favorite part of the school year?
My favorite part of the school year is seeing my preschoolers move on to kindergarten. Although it is a sad moment, I know that they have the skills to be successful on their journey. I was the foundation that encouraged them to try hard and love school. My students and I keep in touch over the years, and they know that they always have a key to come back at any time.
What is your one must-have item for the classroom?
What do you eat for breakfast on school days?
Yogurt with granola and a coca-cola or tea.
What movie or TV show do you secretly love?
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