Nikki Ellerman, 4th Grade Teacher, Tom McCall Elementary School
How long have you been working for RSD and what did you do before coming here?
I’ve been here at RSD since the end of August, and I’ve been loving every minute of it! Before moving here, I was teaching 1st grade in Grants Pass, OR, at Allen Dale Elementary.
What made you decide to teach as a profession?
I worked with kids in an after school program when I graduated from college and realized just how little time parents today actually get to spend with their kids (especially compared to the amount of time that teachers are with those kiddos). It is undeniable that the role of a teacher in a child’s life is unequivocal. It was during my position there that I decided I wanted to help those kids feel safe, cared for, and important, regardless of their background and circumstances. I wanted to be the constant in their lives.
What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about teaching?
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