Meet Ms. Lexis, the lead pre-kindergarten teacher at La Petite Academy on S. 138th St. in Omaha, NE! She has about seven years of experience in early childhood education and recently obtained her Child Development Associate’s credential. Read on to learn more about this fabulous pre-k teacher!
What made you decide on a career in education?
Honestly, babysitting. I always babysat before and I just really loved kids. I’ve always wanted to become a teacher. Teachers just really spoke to me and I guess it was a matter of me wanting to be that kind of person to children.
Why specifically early education?
All ages are little sponges, but I just love how much character these kids have. There’s never a dull moment and I love it! You can never predict what they’re going to say.
How is it rewarding to be a pre-k teacher?
I love it. We have such a connection. They know that they can talk to me about anything and they always come to me if they have issues.
In your opinion, why do you feel early education programs are important for kids?
These children are our future, and I know a lot of people say that. We’re molding how we want our future to be and I think it’s very important to start hem early. And even though they don’t think they’re learning sometimes, I feel like children learn from every experience they have, so I think it’s important to start hem early so they can learn who they are earlier and have a little bit more confidence.
How do you ensure strong communication between yourself and your students’ parents?
Communication is really important so I really try to talk to them face to face as much as I can. I send a lot of notes and pictures and try to keep the parents involved as much as I can about everything.
What are some of your hobbies?
I’m a really crafty person so I draw a lot. During the summer I actually drag race.
Wow! How’d you get into that?
My dad did it before I was born. When I turned six I got a little go kart, then, when I was old enough, I got a junior dragster and then when I turned 18 I got a real dragster.
Could you share a memorable moment you’ve had since you’ve been at La Petite?
I have a set of twins in my class and their dad is deported overseas. He’s been gone a couple months and one of the twins recently had a mental breakdown and was in tears. He said to me, “Can I just talk to you for a minute?” and he talked about how he misses his dad. So I asked, “Do you need a hug?” and he said, “Yes,” and he crawled in my lap.
What do you like overall about working at your school?
I love my job. I love working here. I don’t’ think I could go anywhere else.