MADISON – To Kiley Rikard, training is the most essential occupation in the planet. Rikard is 2021 “Teacher of the Year” at Mill Creek Elementary Faculty.
Instructors can introduce college students to the globe, assist them figure out who they want to be and the part they want to enjoy, Rikard claimed. “Teachers have to be all about listening, acquiring discussions and giving college students the possibility to ask issues,” she explained.
“Learning is a lifelong method, and we find out from each individual other. As their teacher, I’m a facilitator of that learning,” Rikard mentioned.
In her structured classroom, Rikard sets crystal clear routines, methods, anticipations and outcomes, when providing a secure place to just take dangers and question questions. She confirms that pupils know their voices are vital.
“I’m a assist instructor, so I function closely with classroom instructors to enable pupils come to feel confidence and good results in the normal schooling classroom,” Rikard explained.
In Conyers, Ga., Rikard taught grades 2-4 and was Educational Mentor at J.H. Dwelling Elementary for 16 a long time in advance of returning to her home point out in 2016. At Mill Creek, she earlier taught 1st- and fourth-graders and currently is English Language or EL instructor.
She has sponsored Junior Leaders and Awesome Shake Club with college students competing nationally at Ron Clark Academy.
Quite a few of Rikard’s pupils are new to the United States and are learning English. “Students frequently experience homesick and intimidated when they to start with arrive. A single specific results I have felt has been with a scholar from Japan,” she reported.
In just 1.5 a long time, this pupil attained honor roll, volunteered to read through aloud and confirmed excitement every day. Even so, she was devastated when a close friend moved out of her course. “She has uncovered enough English in one yr to bond … and expertise genuine loss with her American buddy,” Rikard reported.
Rikard is fulfilled in marketing an surroundings for the scholar to establish friendships with American peers, “instead of simply clinging to her Japanese buddies.” The child’s tutorial foundations have been vital, “but aiding her build self confidence in speaking and uncover pleasure in all areas of school has been the most gratifying.”
Rikard acquired a bachelor’s diploma from Converse Faculty master’s diploma from Walden University and education and learning expert certification in elementary curriculum and instruction from Brenau University and include-on in tutorial leadership from College of North Alabama. She is a National Board Licensed Instructor or NBCT.
She owns two cats — 25-pound Jasper and 7-pound Ripley. “I’m just a couple of cats shy of staying a outrageous cat girl,” Rikard mentioned.
Initially from Tuscumbia, Rikard grew up on a farm with goats, chickens and rabbits. “It’s nevertheless my most loved put to be — even though I think about myself to be a town female.”
“I really like to browse by the pool, go to the motion pictures, wander Goal and invest time with good friends and family members,” Rikard reported. “My hottest fascination is studying about the tradition of my little ones as their generous dad and mom share foods and experiences and open their house to me.”