Simone Cohen, Red Oak Elementary

“Working as an aide in the classroom is personally gratifying on many levels.  My many years helping the youngest students (in Pre-K and Kindergarten), I appreciate being just a very small part of their entry into a formal learning experience.”

“I can think of several examples: (1) There are two boys that were struggling with Phonics, specifically the correct vowel as a middle sound in short words.  Being able to work with them and keep them encouraged, as they struggled, paid off a few weeks later. I noticed them grasping it on their own on their whiteboards during whole-group instruction, and I wanted to do a jig, I was so excited!!!  (2) Also, helping some students with addition and subtraction, and all the strategies they can use to solve the problem. It’s a great feeling for them when they’re able to practice and practice and figure out the problem on their own.”

“My favorite part of the job is connecting and building relationships with the students. I especially enjoy working one-on-one or small group with the students, even if it’s just a few minutes.”

“Thank you for all you do.  It truly takes a village to raise a child, and the majority of parents value education, and know that it’s an investment to successful learning.  Support can be shown in so many ways, and for me personally, as a parent in LVUSD, my husband & I always try to support the Foundation, and I appreciated how they explained the funds would be allocated.  I think it’s wonderful that OPEF assists OPUSD in ways that directly impact their children, as thriving and growing students.”

“I really like working at Red Oak Elem.  I don’t want to sound corny, but I am happy when I wake up and look forward to going to work.  I am so fortunate to work with a stellar group of educators and being part of the Kindergarten team is very gratifying and positive.  Honestly, I was very nervous to leave employment with LVUSD after 12 years as I had many wonderful memories there also. However, without a doubt, I am growing as a person and an educator.  I am now exposed to many new ideas and instructional methods and it’s invigorating and inspiring. Thank you for this opportunity.”