“Teaching has always brought me joy,” says Samantha Spann, who started at Wesley as a paraprofessional, served as a parent liaison, and is now in her third year teaching Kindergarten. “I enjoy seeing how eager students are to learn new concepts and how they surprise me daily with inquiries and making meaningful connections,” she says.
She recalls a particular student that was struggling to memorize their sight words. She and Ms. Gibson began implementing different strategies to assist the student with memorization. About two days later, the student was able to recognize their sight words in a random arrangement. “They were so excited that their face lit up,” she remembers. “A smile spread across their face from ear to ear!”
Her journey to teaching began at an early age as she helped her younger cousins with homework. This practice led to volunteering as a tutor to inner-city youth. “Seeing the children's eyes light up when they were able to grasp a concept was enlightening,” she says. “I knew teaching was where my passion resided.” She was drawn to Wesley when helping a first-year teacher prepare her room for the school year. She remembers the energy of the building was inviting and welcoming, and she knew she wanted to be a part of that type of community.
It’s that community she still loves most about Wesley. Ms. Spann says she enjoys the camaraderie amongst colleagues, as well as the relationships built with students, their families, and the community. She gives thanks especially to Ms. Gibson with whom she works together. “She is always thinking ahead, yet being present in the moment,” she says of Ms. Gibson “Her heart flows over to our students, and her love for teaching is shown.”
“When my students leave my class,” says Ms. Spann, “I would like for them to walk away more confident in who they are (personally, academically, and socially) and embrace a sense of belonging while being accepting of others.” Thank you for helping our Kindergarteners grow, Ms. Spann. We appreciate you!