Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Friday, 07 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 Sarah Currier, Edgecomb Elementary School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I enjoy working with children. I enjoy being a part of their growth and inspiring students to learn. As much as I am able I like to engage students in as many different ways as possible. Children learn in many ways, I feel it is important that they feel successful while challenging themselves.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
My favorite moments as a teacher are when I can really see my students understanding the concept I am teaching, when this happens the learning is taken to another level. Students are making connections to prior learning as well as sharing ideas to build on their learning. The students are excited and engaged.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
I have brought JA to my students because I feel strongly about giving students life skills and having them practice those skills. The JA program helps teachers teach financial and economic life skills appropriate to a child's grade level. Teaching financial literacy concepts each year with the JA program reinforces and builds on student understanding.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
A favorite JA moment happens when I reflect on a concept taught and the students start to share all of their favorite memories from the lesson. The students favorite memories often include fun stories and memories of our guest presenter.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
It is my hope that what students take away from their time with me is a pride and confidence in themselves. I often talk to them about being the writer they would want to read. To produce work that they would be interested in and proud of, to be someone they would choose to be around. To be proud of who they are and kind to others.
Thank you Sarah 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.