Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
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 Christina Proulx from Congin School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I wanted to become a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and in the future of our Maine community. I also wanted to feel like my career was going to make an impact and create positive change. The added bonus was that I got to work with children daily.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
I would be lying if I said I had one favorite memory as a teacher, but I do have a favorite moment. I think all teachers would agree that the best moment is when you have a breakthrough moment with a student. Children are always at different levels of learning throughout their year with me, my favorite moments are when students are able to connect their learning independently to solve the task at hand. The joy and proudness that the student exudes at that moment makes it the most rewarding experience for teachers.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
I love the Junior Achievement program because it integrates community members in the classroom and helps students to see a future for themselves within the Maine community. Junior Achievement teaches lifelong lessons and building blocks that students need to help build a bright future for themselves.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
My favorite JA memory is when my students are able to think creatively about what they might contribute to their communities. In their final lessons the students are able to create what they would like to open as a business, or a service they would like to offer. This gives them the opportunity to think about others and how they can make an impact.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
My biggest hope for my students is that they leave my classroom with a hunger for knowledge. I always hope that they become lifelong learners that are successful in all of their future endeavors.
Thank you Christina for all you do for Maine students!
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