Meet Ms. Kaitlin Gillis
Title: Temporary Teacher
My School: Buffalo Public School #94 West Hertel Academy
Grade Level(s): Second
My Favorite Teaching Moment: I am a brand new, fresh out of teacher's college, teacher. Even though I haven’t been in the game long, I have gathered a few gems from my short time in the classroom. I have collected a few good stories that are heart-warming and inspiring, but I have to say, the thing that keeps me going and that means the most to me as a teacher, is when I give my students a high-five after they have finally had their light-bulb moment and they walk away with their heads up high and the confidence to try their best the next time they struggle.
Why I became a Teacher: I believe I was born to be a teacher. From a young age I can remember having teacher-like qualities. I can remember the first time I decided I wanted to be a teacher, although at that time, I didn’t know. I wanted to become a day camp counselor when I was eleven years old, and thought my counselors were “so cool”; little did I know, at the time, all the reasons I wanted to be a counselor, were the also the qualities of a great teacher. The way I was brought up, and the school that I grew up attending has instilled an incredible understanding of how important education is. My mother always told me, “Don’t worry, you can go to school forever if you want.” Even if it wasn't completely true, it allowed me to just appreciate education for what it was and not a means to an end.
I was never the best student in school, I struggled to succeed in a number of areas, but I also remember the successes I did achieve made up for those struggles and gave me an enthusiasm to try harder in school. I feel as if my challenges and successes in my own schooling helped me to be compassionate, and strive to teach in a way that ensures each and every student can achieve their own successes.
Years as an NFRC Member: Three years
My Role with the NFRC: Spotlight Editor, Proud Member, and Enthusiastic Reading Advocate
Why You Enjoy Being a Member of the NFRC: When I was young, I never really enjoyed reading. I was a pretty good reader, but I always saw it as a chore. I find that because of my past experience, and my fairly new passion for reading, I want to be a part of an organization that promotes the same passion for reading, not just for young readers, but for everyone.