We’re happy to share another profile of a recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Valley Teacher of Excellence Awards. Jamie Lynn Lewinski, district ESL teacher for the Granby Public Schools, sent in the following responses, which reveal her dedication and commitment to making a difference in students’ lives.
Why have you become a teacher? I chose to become a teacher to make a difference in my community. Working with English Language Learners is extremely rewarding as it allows me to help a group of students who are at high risk for not completing their public education.
What keeps you enthusiastic about teaching, and where do you find your inspiration? My inspiration comes from the diverse population of students that I teach. Their families sacrifice so much and are faced with so many challenges.
Who has been a role model for you and why? My great aunt always emphasized to me how important an education was. She instilled in me the value of a college education and the importance of sharing knowledge with others.
What is a favorite classroom resources? My favorite classroom resource is my iPad. I’ve just begun tapping into its potential use in the classroom but the students are already loving it.
How do you try to keep a balance between the demands of your professional and person life? I have trouble keep a balance because the relationships I build with my students and their families become very personal, which blurs the lines between my professional and personal life. I best serve my families by being available during non-school hours.
If you could change just one thing in education today, what would it be? It’s still frustrating to me that there never seems to be enough money to provide adequate services to our children. If we short change our children, we shortchange our future.