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Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Vicchio on being names Jordan Springs Teacher of the Year!

Over the last 15 years, I’ve taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and been a PALS Intervention Teacher. Last year, I was so excited to find out that I would be transferring to Jordan Springs Elementary School for its inaugural year in my favorite grade! 

My classroom is a positive and loving environment for my students. They learn very quickly that I am their biggest fan! We work hard and do what works best for our individual brains. We support and respect each other, and always try our best. We understand that we are perfectly imperfect and that mistakes are what happens when we are taking risks and learning. We may not always know the answer YET, but we will if we keep trying.

I think the biggest obstacle for many students is having confidence in their abilities and having the courage to take risks and make mistakes. So many students feel that perfectionism is what success looks like and that is a misconception that can hinder their learning and true mastery. Mistakes and failures should prompt a student to problem solve and inquire, not feel defeated. We all make mistakes in my room, including me, and I make sure to point them out. I try to call attention to my mistakes and then show my students that I just erase and do it or try again so that they see that even adults aren’t perfect. 

When I see a student have a lightbulb moment, I feel ECSTATIC! After watching each step of their learning process unfold in front of you…confusion, possibly frustration, determination and perseverance, and then understanding, excitement, and confidence, as the teacher, you feel like that was your purpose for that day was achieved. 

My relationships with my students and their parents have been the most amazing thing about my teaching career. I’ve kept in touch with many of my former students through social media and watched them achieve their goals and experience life milestones. I’ve been by some of their sides in times of celebration and in times of unimaginable sadness and wouldn’t want it any other way. Like many teachers, I feel like my students are “my kids” and always will be no matter where they go or how old they (or I) get. I hope my students find the courage to dream big, work hard, take risks, make mistakes, persevere, have fun, and live every moment to its fullest. I want them to show respect to all of those they come in contact with, be kind, and have compassion for others.