Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Tuesday, 11 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 Kristen Gervais of HB Emery School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. My mom was a huge inspiration to me as a teacher for 41 years. I think what really sealed the deal for me was having an amazing mentor teacher as a student teacher. She truly introduced me to what good instruction looks like and the results in student achievement that follow.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
I take my students to Boston every year in the Spring to experience what a big city looks like as well as visit the Boston Museum of Science. The looks on their faces when they experience this for the first time are always my favorite memories. Many of my students have never been out of Limington, Maine.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
I think it is important for students to have an understanding of how our economy works and what it can mean for them at such an early age. The importance of thinking and planning for your future in regards to money can make an impact.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
We used to do an activity that physically showed students what the international trade system can look like. I think it was a great visual and hands on activity that students took a lot away from.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
I hope they take away skills and tools for actively participating in society both on an intellectual level as well as social emotional.
Thank you Kristen for all you do for Maine students!
Follow the Extraordinary Educators campaign on JA's social media platforms as we highlight Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.