Choosing a teacher

Posted on: Tue, 02/19/2002 - 2:48am
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Has anyone had experience with choosing their PA child's teacher? Our school has two kindergarten teachers and we of course want the one who would be better at keeping DD safe. We know both teachers because our twins had them last year. What qualities do you look for in a teacher? Should we trust the principal to decide?

Posted on: Thu, 02/21/2002 - 8:33am
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Good question...I need to look into whether or not I have this choice in our school system. I had really never thought about that. It would be wonderful to be able to select a teacher who was already familiar with serious food allergies and other medical emergencies. Also, I have found some teachers seem to be more receptive to these types of special needs (is that the appropriate wording?)in their classrooms. Some seem willling to work with you immediately and others seem to be really put off with having to deal with the extra effort. Of course, there are those that fall somewhere in between those two extremes also. I would love to find a teacher who was already familiar with PA and how to reduce risks, how to use the epi pen, willing to work with us in every possible way, etc.. I'm sure they are out there. If you have luck with this please let us know how it goes. I may speak with our principal or school nurse (or both) to find out what first grade teachers are available for next year and which ones, if any, are already experienced in dealing with PA. That would certainly cut down on a lot of my anxiety. Joey

Posted on: Fri, 02/22/2002 - 4:14am
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I found out that one of the first grade teachers at my son's school is notorious for food projects. Food is a big part of many of her lessons. She is a wonderful, creative, award-winning teacher and I like her a lot. But I am going to request that he have the less experienced teacher for whom food is not a major classroom tool. The "foody" teacher also has several classroom pets, and I wonder if they might set off my son's asthma. I don't want to be in there checking food ingredients every other day and I don't want my son to be the cause of the classroom pets having to "disappear" for a year (that happened one year b/c of another child's asthma, and I don't think any kid needs to feel responsible for that).

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2002 - 6:26am
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We just spoke to the school principal about this today (our son will start Kindergarten in the fall). What I told her was "Please choose the teacher that you think would best handle this situation." We also told her we thought that any teacher that would possibly be leaving on maternity leave, or retiring mid-year, would not be a good choice for our son. The principal decided to look at the teacher's attendance record as a major factor in choosing our son's teacher (meaning less chance of a substitute). All in all, I think I trust her to make an appropriate choice for our child. She seemed to understand our request and why we were making it. I'm crossing my fingers that it all works out next year!

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