Voices from the Field

This is one of a series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts.

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Jennie Fitzkee Jennie Fitzkee

My name is Jennie Fitzkee. I am an Early Childhood Educator teaching the Full Day, multi-age class preschool class at Groton Community School in Groton, Mass. This my 33rd year of teaching preschool. Lucky me!

“Back in the day,” women were encouraged to become a nurse, secretary, or a teacher. Fortunately, I decided to become a teacher. I made a good career choice! I use the word “career” because teaching young children is far more than a job. It shapes the lives of children and educates parents. That is powerful; both a responsibility and a thrilling challenge.

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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11 Responses to Voices from the Field

  1. Wonderful first person account, great job, Jennie!

  2. Is there anything more important than teaching a preschooler how to read by introducing a child to so many wonderful books by reading aloud? I don’t think so. Wonderful post Jennie. Thank you! 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Karen. Of course I insisted my photo had to be by the bookshelf. You are so right, and reading is the #1 in my class. Did you notice the books are front facing? If only every classroom had that, much like a bookstore that excites children.

  3. We need teachers like you the world over! Lovely post to read.

  4. crazykatya says:

    You are an inspiration, Jennie!

  5. Norah says:

    I enjoyed reading about you and your approach to working with young children, Jennie. Reading is such an important thing to do. How exciting to have Jim Trelease visit your class, and to be included in his book. That is a wonderful affirmation of the importance of your work. I agree with you that language and social skills are the foundation. Your children and their parents are fortunate to know that you are constructing those foundations strong. The extra support you provide for parents is wonderful too.

  6. Amazing reading about your dedication to teaching children for 33 years! You are a beautiful soul.

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