Extraordinary Educator: Caitlyn Roy, Rose Gaffney Elementary School
Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Image caption: Caitlyn Roy, Rose Gaffney Elementary School
Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.
Take a look at our Q&A with Caitlyn Roy of Rose Gaffney Elementary School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I became a teacher because of my third grade teacher and my mom. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Eaton showed how much fun learning can be. My mom became a teacher as I was growing up and I was able to see the amount of effort and love went into teaching.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
I have many favorite memories as a teacher. I’m not sure I could pinpoint just one. I have so many positive memories inside the classroom, and out of the classroom with colleagues.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
I bring Junior Achievement into my classroom because the lessons are fun and engaging. My volunteer Melissa Denbow is a wonderful addition to our class, even digitally for our 13th year. I feel that 5th graders need to be building a foundation of financial literacy to prepare them for more advanced classes in high school and their future.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
My favorite moments in Junior Achievement are bringing students to the JA Maine Business Hall of Fame North. I had two sets of students and we had many laughs and proud parents! In the classroom, I always loved the remote controlled commode that my students designed for a project.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
I hope that students will realize that it’s important to talk about money. It’s important to ask questions, make mistakes, and learn from mistakes.
Thank you Caitlyn for all you do for Maine students!
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