BY JACK SHORT - Jennifer Goslowski found her calling relatively early. She loves kids, she’s been working with them in one capacity or another since she was barely a teenager and she knows she wants to teach.
She works with them primarily at The Island School’s after school program while studying to become an early childhood education teacher.
She said she has no doubt about what she wants to do.
“I’ve been working with kids since I was 14,” she said. “I’ve worked as a babysitter, at the YMCA in Englewood, two different preschools, summer camps and now the after school program.”
She did try her hand once at restaurant work.
“It wasn’t for me,” she said.
Part of her determination to teach came from Ms. Broderick, her fourth grade teacher. She was an older woman who had a way of commanding respect without raising her voice, Jennifer said.
“She never yelled at us; we respected her.”
Sometimes the tried and true methods work, it seems. Jennifer said that she remembers Ms. Broderick’s “old school discipline” as being particularly effective. Things like writing “I will not get out of my seat without permission” 100 times made an unforgettable impression.
She also seemed to have a different way of teaching, Jennifer said.
Jennifer has tried to follow Ms. Broderick’s example and develop a rapport with her students over the last three years at the The Island School’s after school program
She tries to be firm and fair, but admits that sometimes she’s a little too pliant.
“I’m a big softy,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll say, ‘Okay, this is the last time,’ several times before it really is the last time.”
Still, the kids know her well and know when it’s time to fall in line, and she knows them, too, having seen them grow over the last three years.
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