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Meet the New Lower Elementary Teachers (Interviews by Third Graders!)

This September, several new teachers settled into our Lower Elementary division, teaching MMS’ first, second, and third graders. To introduce them to our parent community, third graders Audrey, Susannah, and Veronika stepped up to devise some interview questions and speak one-on-one with their teachers.  Enjoy their interviews below! 

Meet Ms. Kent (IC)

Is this your first year teaching?
No, actually this is my seventh year teaching. I’ve taught preschool, kindergarten, and first and third grades.

What school did you work at before MMS?
I worked at a preschool called The Brownstone School on the Upper West Side. And then before that, I worked at an elementary school called Girls Prep.

What’s your favorite subject to teach?
I really like teaching math. I think it’s exciting for students to be presented with a challenge and then get such a sense of pride from arriving at an answer.

What’s your favorite activity or lesson that you’re looking forward to teaching us?
I’m excited to teach “Small Moments” in writing. The students tell stories from their own personal lives while learning how to make their stories more interesting by adding important details and making the characters move, think, and talk.

Do you have a pet and what is it?
I don’t right now. But I had two dogs growing up: Muffin and Rocky.

What do you do during your free time?
I like to do a lot of New York City activities like visiting Riverside and Central Parks and going to movies, plays, and museums.

What’s the subject that came easiest to you at school?
Math. That’s probably why I love teaching it so much!

What’s your favorite book to read to kids in your class? And what’s your favorite book personally?
For younger kids, I like Chrysanthemum. And then for older kids, I like From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. And then personally, I’ve always loved Little Women.

What’s your favorite food?
Trying to think of a healthy one. I really love fruit in general, and within that, mangos. And then, less healthily, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. That’s okay for a treat every now and then, right?

What’s your favorite flower?
Hydrangeas

What’s your favorite place to take kids on a field trip?
I once took kids to a bakery, which was great because it involved a lot of skills, like measurement and following steps in a recipe.

What’s your favorite park?
I have to go with Central Park.

If you weren’t a teacher, what other job would you have?
Actually, I used to not be a teacher! Before I became a teacher, I worked in children’s media. So I helped in making books, websites, and TV shows for kids. I worked at Nickelodeon on their websites nick.com and nickjr.com. If I wasn’t a teacher now, I think I’d like to own a bookstore.

Who’s your favorite celebrity and why?
Do you know who Oprah Winfrey is? Yeah, I realize kids nowadays don’t know her. She used to have her own talk show where she interviewed people. She gives back a lot to the community, so I think she’s a really great role model. And do you want to know something really cool? In my old school, Girls Prep, each classroom was named after an inspirational woman. I taught a third grade classroom named the Oprah Winfrey room, and she came to visit! She stayed for about an hour. She brought all the girls journals and listened to them sing songs.

Wild card question: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I used to go up to Maine every summer. I love going to the beaches there.

Interviewed by Audrey K. (3)

Meet Ms. Rozenfeld (IC)

Is this your first year teaching?
No, before coming to MMS, I worked at a school called South Loop Montessori. It was in Chicago.

What’s your favorite subject to teach?
Math.

What’s your favorite activity or lesson that you’re looking forward to teaching us?
I really look forward to The Great Lessons, like The Universe Story (otherwise known as “The Creation Story”–read about it here), and the story of our numbers, and the timeline of life–those exciting stories.

Do you have a pet and what is it?
No. I wish I did! I wish I had a dog.

What do you do during your free time?
I like to take walks. I also like to cook. A lot of my day yesterday was spent cooking and baking. I have a little baby and he takes up a lot of my time, so I don’t have much free time.

What’s the subject that came easiest to you at school?
Mmmm. Probably writing. I loved to write stories.

What’s your favorite book to read to kids in your class? And what’s your favorite book personally?
My favorite book is the one that we’re reading now, called the tale of The Tale of Despereaux. And my favorite book, personally…let’s see. I like to read non-fiction, and if I had to pick one non-fiction book, it’s called The Organized Mind. It’s about the importance of being organized and how our minds organize information. It’s a big book, but it’s really interesting.

What’s your favorite food?
I like sushi.

What’s your favorite flower?
Sunflowers.

What’s your favorite place to take kids on a field trip?
I love taking kids to natural history museums.

What’s your favorite park?
Central Park

If you weren’t a teacher, what other job would you have?
A meteorologist. Do you know what that is? It’s someone who studies the weather. When I was in high school, I did an internship with a meteorologist.

Who’s your favorite celebrity and why?
I was just thinking about this question. There are a lot of people to choose from. If I had to pick just one, I would say Queen Elizabeth because she has been queen for a very long time and she probably has a lot of very interesting stories to tell.

Wild Card Questions: Do you have a favorite plant?
At home, I have a potted jade plant. Do you know what those are? I’ve kept it alive for five years now, so that’s probably my favorite plant. It even survived my move from Chicago.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I loved school so much that I wanted to impart or share that love of learning with everyone!

Interviewed by Susannah B. (3)

Meet Ms. Peacock (IB)

Is this your first year teaching?
Nope! This is my third year at MMS. Before that, I was actually a teacher at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And before that, I taught at Athens Montessori School in Athens, Georgia.

What’s your favorite subject to teach?
I love teaching Culture… I like the way it connects with everything: geography, history, science, reading, writing. [In Montessori terms, “Culture” has its own meaning. Read about it here, if you’re curious.]

What’s your favorite activity or lesson that you’re looking forward to teaching us?
I can’t wait to study the Great Barrier Reef during Lower Elementary’s fall study of Australia/Oceania. [Every year LE studies two different continents. During the winter, LE will switch to Asia.]

Do you have a pet and what is it?
Yes, I have a hot dog dog (a dachshund) named Emdash.

What do you do during your free time?
I like to spend time in nature. And I like to read novels, and I like to make linoleum prints and cyanotype prints.

What’s the subject that came easiest to you at school?
Reading. And now, I love teaching reading, because I know how much fun it can be and I want everyone to enjoy it.

What’s your favorite book to read to kids in your class? And what’s your favorite book personally?
What Do You Do with an Idea? (by Kobi Yamada). I noticed last year that everyone likes it! The Pioneers (three-year-olds) like it. The Explorers (four-year-olds) like it. Lower Elementary likes it. And Upper Elementary likes it. As for my personal book, that is a very hard question. Perhaps The Giver by Lois Lowry.

What’s your favorite food?
Sushi!

What’s your favorite flower?
Probably the Moon Flower. I love the way they bloom at night! Do you know what Morning Glories are? They are big blue flowers that grow on a vine and bloom in the morning… and their cousin the Moon Flower is big and white and blooms only at night. I don’t know if they grow here, but they grow in Georgia, where I’m from.

What’s your favorite place to take kids on a field trip?
The Met! When I worked there, we got to choose which departments we taught in. My favorites were Modern Art, Art of the Islamic World, and Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. That knowledge is really paying off now that we’re studying Oceania this year! We’ve already looked together at one thing that’s in The Met, the ceremonial house ceiling from Papua New Guinea, and gotten inspiration from it for our own Kwanzaan Cherry Tree Leaf project.

What’s your favorite park?
Prospect Park.

If you weren’t a teacher, what other job would you have?
Graphic Designer.

Who’s your favorite celebrity and why?
You know, I thought a lot about this question. I really don’t pay a lot of attention to celebrities. I just feel like everyone has an interesting story, and I like to read about all kinds of people and hear from all kinds of people. So… I just don’t have one!

Wild card question: What pet would you want besides the hot dog dog?
A pig! I’ve read that pigs are very friendly and smart.

Interviewed by Veronika H. (3)

Posted on September 26, 2018 in