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Kavitha Ramesh joins the Continued family from Union City, California, where she serves as a head preschool teacher in an Early Head Start program.
Ramesh holds a bachelor of science degree and earns professional development through Continued Early Childhood Education.
“As an early childhood educator, the key is not just taking care of children but getting them ready for the future. As teachers, we build the scaffolding for the child to move to the next level and then the next.”
What do you like most about working in early childhood education?
As a preschool teacher, I wear a number of hats: I am a teacher, caretaker, listener, storyteller, music maker, explorer, gardener, nutritionist, back patter, cleaner, and much more. Being there for the children, responding to their needs, and with engaging them is my expertise.
The best part of my job is when children become independent and say, "I know that; I can do it." To instill a love for learning through play and keep them curious to find out more about things is what I love most.
What makes you passionate about your field?
As an early childhood educator, the key is not just taking care of children but getting them ready for the future. Seeing children accomplish things is simply awesome. As teachers, we build the scaffolding for the child to move to the next level and then the next. Catering to each child, changing the teaching methods to help each child succeed—that keeps me wanting to learn more strategies, as every child is different. This helps me constantly learn new things about children and their development.
What value does online learning hold for you?
Online learning is more convenient for those who hold a full-time job. Recorded webinars/video courses help us learn new ways of thinking in our field. The world is becoming more digital, and the children are changing, too. As teachers, we cannot be stuck in old methods of teaching. To connect with the current generation, we need to update our skills. With online learning, this can be done at our leisure.
What impact has Continued had on your ability to advance your training or apply new skills to your area of practice?
Continued has so many training topics where teachers can choose what is relevant to them and learn about that topic. With COVID-19, Continued helped me with stress management to take care of the students and myself as well. With other topics, I changed a few of my teaching habits and incorporated the methods from the training in my classroom.
Thank you, Kavitha Ramesh, for being a part of our Continued story.
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