Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and they’ll enthusiastically lay out their future plans: a firefighter, a doctor, President. For most, dreams of becoming a superhero or a princess change with time, but there are a few who know with certainty from a young age exactly what kind of career they want. Pennsylvania KinderCare® Prekindergarten teacher Jaime Roshon was one of those children. As early as the second grade she knew the classroom was the place for her. In college, she discovered that she wanted to work with young children because they’re so open to learning and just beginning to become their own person.
“I always tell them I’m preparing them for the real world; having them understand direction, roles, treating others properly,” she said. “When they move up to the next room and I see them following through with that then I know they listened and they understand.”
“Jaime is highly engaged,” said Regional Vice President Melanie Feldner. “That doesn’t mean every day is easy and there aren’t any glitches, and it doesn’t mean that sometimes she doesn’t have to challenge herself. But it’s about that engagement and understanding the power of being engaged every day; walking through that door no matter what and coming in and delivering consistency for the children every single day. That’s the real challenge.”
It’s a challenge Jaime rises to each and every day and why she was awarded the 2013 Early Childhood Educator Award from KinderCare’s parent company, Knowledge Universe.
“There’s just something special about Jaime,” said Linda Moser, Center Director of the Pottstown KinderCare center, and Jaime’s manager. “You can tell she loves her job and that this is the place she needs to be. She has left a big footprint on a lot of the children who have come through her room and the center.”
After 13 years in the classroom Jaime still feels like a student herself, always learning, always growing.
“She constantly sets the bar,” said District Manager Rita Powell. “She’ll challenge me that if she can do something, then every teacher in the district should do that too. Jaime sets the bar for the other teachers in the district, and really, she sets the bar for me.”
Photo credit: Courtesy of Getty Images for Knowledge Universe.
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