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Getting to know our teachers — Emile Barber

Butler Elementary School

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Emile Barber works with students in her third-grade class recently at Butler Elementary School.

Emile Barber

Where do you teach?

Butler Elementary

What grade/ subject do you teach?

Third grade

Why do you teach?

I became a teacher because I absolutely adore working with children and wanted to make a difference in their lives. Wanting to teach has been something I’ve known I wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Being able to serve the community I have called home my entire life is definitely a huge bonus.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

My favorite part of the school day is Module time. It’s so fun to read and listen to the students’ stories and ideas. It’s also been absolutely amazing to see how much their writing has grown since the beginning of the school year.

What are you working hardest on right now?

I am working the hardest on being a reflective teacher. I am just finishing up my first year of teaching, so I try my hardest to look back each day and week to reflect on what went well and what I can improve on.

What are you most proud of as a teacher?

What makes you happiest as a teacher?

The thing that makes me happiest as a teacher is seeing my students grow and learn, whether it is academically, socially, or emotionally.

How do you contribute to/how are you involved in our community outside of school?

Outside of school, I love attending Dodger games! This year I am helping with “Joy with a Purpose” to mentor a kiddo, and I helped to make their Christmas special.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of school?

I love to read at home. That is definitely one of my biggest hobbies. I also love going on walks with my dog, Dutch.

What do you wish your students/families knew about you?

I wish my students/families knew how grateful and honored I feel to work with them/their students.

What does Together We Rise mean to you?

Together We Rise to me means spreading unity. In order to rise, we all need to be working together to help each other. Each person has the ability to make a difference, and when we work together we have the power to achieve great things.

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