We are so pleased that our kehillah will be welcoming another new student from the MET High School in Providence (http://metcenter.org) to our classroom. Crystal Martinez will be joining us on Wednesdays and Fridays; she has chosen our PreK for her internship and Andrea will be mentoring her. Crystal has already spent a few days with us in our classroom and we are already captivated by her enthusiasm, warmth, and genuine interest in education – and in each of us! We are all so happy she will be part of our kehillah. We asked Crystal to write a paragraph introducing herself to our community:
Dear Parents and Staff of the Jewish Community Day School:
I wanted to introduce myself; my name is Crystal Martinez, and I’m a sophomore at the Met high school. I am 16 years old and I am an intern in Andrea, Ilana and Laurie’s lovely Pre-K classroom on Wednesdays and Fridays. My all -time dream would be to become a veterinarian. I’m very interested in working with animals, but I also adore children and that’s why I’m interning with Andrea and writing this letter to you now. Believe me when I say that your kids are so lucky to attend the JCDS. The way the staff does things is so unique and effective for the children. It’s amazing! My main goal in my time at JCDS is to form a connection with each student, because there’s nothing better than having a relationship with someone who has a super imagination and is always in the mood to color or go hula-hooping at any time of the day!
I’ve recently earned my RIELDS (Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards) certification. Through that class I learned about child development from the ages of 48 months to 60 months. It was very interesting, and I learned a lot from it. In addition to that classroom experience, I also have hands on experience working with children. Not only have I grown up surrounded by children, but I had an earlier internship at the Children’s Workshop. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with your children. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with them, and I thank you for taking your time to read this.