Teacher You Can Count On: RoseMary Cardenas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/9/05

Teacher You Can Count On: RoseMary Cardenas

It's the lessons students learn everyday inside and outside the classroom that make RoseMary Cardenas's a teacher you can count on. Books, pens, chalkboards are all essential to the classroom. But in Cardenas's class, learning goes beyond the traditional classroom.

Rosemary Cardenas believes first grade is not just reading, writing, and arithmetic, it's also sharing life experiences. "You need to just let them share everything they have everything they brought from home all their little stories about anything your studying." Cardenas has found that teaching first grade at Bowie Elementary is about letting her students open up and enjoy learning. "If you honor what they have to offer for you whatever there experiences are I think they're more willing to listen to what you have to say," states Cardenas.

As a young girl she was encouraged to help others, and it is her love for kids is why she wanted to teach first grade. "They keep you young this is the one grade level where you really see an abundance of growth from the beginning of the year to the end, it's just unbelievable how much they learn and when it comes to the end of the school year."

Cardenas hopes that her students walk away with more than just the materials taught. "I want them to walk away with a love of learning... I'd like for them to walk away lifelong learners and readers."

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