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Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Linda Preschool Teacher

February 13, 2018
By Marketing Director
Call Me Crazy?
When I tell people about, what I do for a living”, I am so surprised when they are shocked and say that I am “crazy”.  They are commenting on the fact that I am a preschool teacher.  I guess it might be a little crazy to be surrounded by a group of “little people” every day and enjoy it tremendously.
My name is Miss Linda and I would like to tell you about myself.  I have been teaching at Achiever Christian School for over 25 years, and the time has gone by so quickly. I guess that proves that if you love what you are doing, time flies and it never feels like work.  I have been married for 40 years and have two grown sons.  My recent joy this year is that I became a grandma, for the first time, to a sweet little boy… I am so in love with this little guy!!

I was introduced to this wonderful school because my oldest son attended the preschool.  I found it such a nurturing and loving environment that both my boys attended Achiever through sixth grade.  I had been working as a staff accountant for a Certified Public Accounting firm, but after I volunteered in my oldest son's preschool class, I discovered the joy of working with children.  (So much better than sitting behind a desk crunching numbers for various corporations.)  So, I quit my accounting job, went back to school, and received the proper education to teach preschoolers.  I have never looked back or been sorry for that decision!  Teaching is my passion and has remained so for these many years.  
 
However, I do need extra-intense relaxing time each weekend.  So, my husband and I take off on Friday nights for a little house in the woods.  We own a two bedroom “tiny house” in the woods. (I would call it a cabin but it looks more like a cottage.)  Such a relaxing place to go!  I return to school each Monday refreshed and ready to chase the little munchkins in my class.
 
I pray that you will enjoy reading this new blog and learn a bit about myself and my teaching friends at ACS.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Shields First Grade Teacher

December 04, 2017
By Marketing Director

I have been a teacher since I was a young child. I laid my stuffed animals in a straight line on the floor, close enough to see my 3’X 4’ blackboard, which was fastened to my wall at about my eye level of forty-eight inches. I loved writing my name and spelling words like “dog, cat, and run.” I used to breathe in that clean smell of untouched white chalk!

When it was story time, my “students” would sit in a circle while I read exciting stories of Dick and Jane. I spoke with animation in my best teacher voice and captured the attention of my audience. Once-in-a-while, Froggy would need to sit in the corner. That is what discipline was like, in the old days.  After a few minutes, I would lovingly have a heart-to-heart talk with him, and bring him back to class just in time for hard math facts, like 1+1=2. He behaved much better after that talk and big hug; even if he did still wear the plastic pants that covered cloth diapers.

Now, I am a slightly older teacher at Achiever Christian School. Instead of writing on a blackboard with smooth cold chalk, I write on a large whiteboard with low-odor wipe-off markers. I still love teaching children how to write words, and in first grade, our words start out simple enough to build confidence in my precious little ones.

Story time is still dynamic! Captivating audiences is still a high priority for me! Instead of reading the books about a brother and sister, we have the latest Journey’s curriculum, filled with wonderful anthologies. Smart discipline, is sometimes needed, but with active learning, it is not an issue. During our math lessons, I often talk like “The Count” from Sesame Street. We become detectives looking to solve mysteries.

Yes, my teaching career continues to blossom, and I am still learning how to make a difference in the lives of my students and their families. Each year is a new adventure. To this day, when I stand in front of my whiteboard, I still think…”Wow! I’m a teacher!”

Kim Shields

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Rigg Physical Ed Director

November 27, 2017
By Marketing Director

Hello,

I’m Tyler Rigg, the Athletic Director/PE Teacher here at our amazing school. This is my second year teaching at ACS and I’m beyond thrilled to be here. 

My favorite part about being an ACS employee is that I get to share with your children two things I am most passionate about. Those two things are God and sports. I grew up with the most loving and encouraging parents who made a huge impact on my spiritual life. I also attended Christian school from Preschool - 12th grade. It’s my goal to pass on that love for the Lord to your children. I’ve always lived by the verse 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 

I love that our school has a 6th grade student council. I believe it is the perfect opportunity them to conduct themselves as an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. 

Though my time is limited with our students during class, I’m also know as the “Lunch Duty Man.” This time allows me to watch the your kids have fun at recess. I enjoy the opportunity to have quality conversations with them each day and encourage them to set excellent examples not only in the classroom, but at recess as well. 

Sports has always been a strong passion of mine. I played a wide variety of sports at an early age, and also played volleyball professionally for two years. I currently coach at a nationally recognized volleyball club in Sunnyvale eight months out of the year. This coaching knowledge has helped to equip me during Physical Education classes . 

While in class, I enjoy working with athletes of all levels. My goal is to make sure every student finds at least one sport they enjoy, and that this foundation will allow them to stay active throughout their life. My favorite sport to teach at ACS is swim. We are so fortunate to have two beautiful pools at ACS. In swim class, the students develop swim stroke skills and confidence in the water. Selfishly, I love swim classes!  When it’s free time, I usually take a dip in the pool and play fun pool games with the kids. BEST JOB EVER! 

Lunch Ideas!

October 11, 2017
By Marketing Director

I’ve scoured the Pinterest boards to find the Top 10 Lunch Prep Postings! These are simple and easy to do.  From Picky to Adventurous eaters there is something for everyone!

At Achiever Christian School we don’t have a hot lunch program. Our parents may need some help getting creative with lunches and if their children are anything like mine they don’t like the same thing over and over!   Enjoy our Top 10 Lunch Posting List!

Follow us on Pinterest to see more!

The Pinning Mama: No sandwiches

One Crazy House: Includes a lunch checklist

Taming Twins: Preschool ideas/no sandwiches

Keeley Mcguire: How to Pack Hot Foods in a Thermos {PLUS 35+ Ideas for Lunches}

A Mom’s Impression: 20 Kid-friendly lunches

Natasha’s Kitchen: Practical hot and cold lunch ideas

BentoLunch.net: 30 Creative lunch ideas

It’s A Keeper.com: Fun Kabob ideas

Holly Grainer.com: 125 Healthy Lunch ideas   

Modern Honey: Healthy and easy ideas with a nice list for each

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