ROCKFORD (WREX) – A first year teacher at Keith Country Day School is taking on her first group of kindergartners.
Ashley Huff is learning the ropes of decorating and arranging a classroom, plus figuring out the curriculum, lesson plans, and even the day-to-day mundane tasks.
“Like making copies, no one told me how long it takes to make copies for 18 kids,” Huff said.
She said she is happy that she worked so hard before the school year began to set up her classroom and work on lesson plans, because it is all paying off now.
“It’s been wonderful, it’s been difficult, it’s a lot of work,” Huff said.
She is learning to handle more than a dozen 5-year-old kids, and she said it was a little intimidating on the first day of school when she realized she was the one in charge.
“That first day when they walk in, and they’re looking at you, like you’re in charge, you’re the teacher, they have to learn from you,” Huff said.
And all her hard work is paying off, according to the Keith Country Day School Lower School Director Allison Decman. She said Huff is doing a great job keeping students engaged and on-task, which is no easy feat with kindergartners.
“She is phenomenal, she puts here whole heart and soul into teaching,” Decman said.
Huff said she does a lot interactive activities to keep the students interested, and works to keep them in a daily routine.
“We just do a lot of actions, and songs and movements and dances, just to have them moving, but still learning at the same time,” she said.
Decman said Huff does a great job communicating with parents, and all of her students love her.
“She puts in the time, she’s here early morning, she’s here late at night,” Decman said.
And for Huff, she said the kids are what make the difficult parts of starting a new career all worth it.
“Watching them grow, hearing their hilarious stories, they always have something to say or a story to tell,” she said.