Getting to Know… is part of our new Teacher and Staff Spotlight series. Each week we will shine the spotlight one of our classroom teachers, allowing them to share some of their stories, their interests and their favorites with us. We hope our teacher spotlights will help our Morning Star parents and families further engage with our teachers, as well as give them a more personal idea of who is teaching and caring for their children during their days with us.
This week we are getting to know Ms. Taylor!
Ms. Taylor has been a friendly face in our hallways for the past four years. This school year, Taylor is excited to be leading the Red Star Adventurers!
Taylor is an Omaha native. She earned her high school diploma at Millard West and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Peru State College and we’re so happy she found her way into our classrooms. As an only child, Ms. Taylor spent her childhood wanting to be a veterinarian, spending her summers with her family at Lake of the Ozarks and playing card games at family gatherings (her favorite childhood memory). Growing up has really taught her how big of a role family plays and she’s so grateful to have had hers. And we’re so grateful she joined ours.
There are a lot of reasons to love Morning Star but when we asked what she loves about working here, Ms. Taylor said the kids and the activities make it fun. “I love that there are a lot of activities from waterplay, VBS, art and others that are brought in – like magicians. Waterplay is my favorite, when all of the kids and the teachers get wet and play together.” In teaching, we often learn our fair share of lessons as well. “I’ve learned children will be children by being silly, wanting to be praised at what they make but also wanting to be loved by hugs.” The kids have also taught her to be more carefree and patient — a lesson they’re very good at teaching.
Going beyond just Morning Star, we also asked Taylor why she chose to teach: “I want to help children grow and learn. Seeing the smiles on their faces when learning something new is great.” And if she could give the students one piece of advice to live by, she’d keep it simple: “Sharing is caring. It’s always nice to share.” But she’s not sure they’re the ones who need the advice, they have so many qualities to admire. “No matter what, they always get back up again.”
In her free time outside of Morning Star you can find Ms. Taylor traveling. She recently went to Italy and has trips to the Bahamas and Costa Rica on the docket. She also has plans to attend UNO for school psychology. When she’s staying local, she enjoys a fun card game, hanging out with her friends, catching up on her television shows and going shopping.
We’re so lucky to have Ms. Taylor as part of the Morning Star family and can’t wait to watch her grow!