Name: Molly HeadGrade/Subject at what school: Fifth-grade Special Education, Westfield Intermediate School
Number of years teaching: Nine
Background/Schooling (college & high school): St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago; B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education, Indiana University, Bloomington; and M.A.E. Educational Administration, Ball State University, Muncie.
Why did you become a teacher? In high school, I was part of the Best Buddies program. We partnered with a high school for students with special needs and became mentors and friends with the kids. We helped the school have their first prom! That is when I really started thinking about special education. Even in elementary school, I loved when I got to work with the younger students and help them.
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to develop confidence and find their learning passion. Everyone has their own strengths and gifts to contribute to our world. I want my students to develop skills for problem solving, responsibility, hard work and compassion to help them become adults who make positive contributions to our communities.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Reading is so important and builds so many skills. I also believe in the impact of communication and language with children. Talk to your kids about your day and ask them about theirs. When cooking or doing chores, you can discuss sequencing, problem solving, team work and much more. Modeling is important. Kids will “listen” most to what they see you do and your actions, rather than what you say.
What is your favorite movie? “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Who is your favorite musician or band? There are so many, it is hard to choose! One of my favorites is Train.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I was a Division 1 varsity athlete in college. At IU, I was on the women’s rowing team as a walk on for two years.