And we are back! After taking a little extra time, due to plain busyness, we are excited to introduce you to 5th grade teacher Kelly Goorevich. Not only is Kelly a teacher at Ensworth, she is also a parent! Here is what she has to say in regards to the questions we asked her.
Q: You are still relatively new to Ensworth in comparison to some of the teachers you work with, what brought you to Ensworth, Nashville?
A: We had been enjoying Toronto, Canada for several years, but we were finding city life getting increasingly challenging with children. My husband is an architect and had just completed an incredible project here in Nashville. It received a terrific amount of attention from other designers and contractors in the area so we decided to explore the possibility of moving. I have family in Nashville and that made the idea of leaving Toronto a bit easier. I found Ensworth during my ‘moving research’ and the rest is history… or rather 5th grade LA and SS (Language Arts and Social Studies).
A: I LOVE being in school with my daughter. She and I have been going to school together since she turned 3 years old. In Toronto, Macey and I attended the same Lab school at the University of Toronto (Macey in nursery and I taught Grade 4), and now at Ensworth. I find our rides to and from school to be the best conversations of our day. I enjoy knowing specifics about our schedule and day and being able to speak with her about her experiences with a detailed understanding of how things work at school. Knowing each of Macey’s classmates and the other children she encounters during the day is another incredible privilege.
As a parent/co-worker, I try to be very careful not to cross parent/teacher boundaries. Like most parents, I schedule meetings with my child’s teacher when the need arises and I am careful to avoid impromptu and unprofessional conferences in the hallway. When I have questions about homework or a piece of student work, I email as would other parents. I guess this has to do with the level of trust my husband and I have had in Macey’s teachers and in the strength of the Ensworth program. Our daughter’s experience at Ensworth has been the best part of our move to Nashville. Her teachers have been truly outstanding and we have found the Ensworth community welcoming and strong.
Q: As a 5th grade teacher, you are teaching students the year before they move into the middle school. What are some of the key elements you try to instill before education as they have known for the last 6 years changes a bit?
A: As you walk down the 5th Grade hallway you will see canvases that declare our big goals for students in 5th Grade. It doesn’t matter what content I am teaching, the following goals are the foundation for instruction in my room. This is what we are working toward as a grade 5 community each day:
- Lead by example- be an active, positive member of the community
- Be responsible- planning ahead, being prepared, find strategies to solve problems, learn to share good and bad news with your support system
- Be respectful- listen to others, respond constructively, learn to offer and accept constructive feedback, explore different perspectives and ideas, show appreciation to others.
- Be conscientious and consistent- bring a positive attitude, face challenges with enthusiasm, come to school rested and ready to learn, acknowledge and learn from mistakes, ALWAYS put forth your best effort.
- Develop good organization and study skills
- Think logically and critically- synthesize and present information to share with others, provide evidence to support ideas, explore, develop, and create, hypothesize, collect data, evaluate, analyze, repeat;
- Learn that IDEAS ARE IMPROVABLE
- Communicate clearly
- Explore creative potential
Q: If you were told, when you were in college, that being a teacher was off limits…what would you have done instead?
A: What would I do instead of teach? Wow… So many wonderful things to explore… I’d become a chef, food critic, childrens book publisher, Conde Naste Travel researcher, or orthodontist.
Q: If you could only visit one more place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
A: HMMMMMMMMMM. I have lived in Italy, Canada, and 5 different US states… I love to travel. One last location may be torturous when you like to move around…But… I’m thinking South East Asia. I have always been fascinated by the diversity of culture, food, and tradition.
A: Paul Phillips