October 15, 2013 Interview
I conducted my interview with Rebecca Nault, preschool teacher at Learn Charter school. The interview took place on site in Ms. Nault’s directors office on October 4th at 11:45 pm while her students were down for a nap. Ms. Nault was very forthcoming with information, so I decided to ask her all twenty of my interview questions. During my interview, there were only a couple of instances were she would not expound on her answer. After the interview concluded, Ms. Nault thanked me for taking the time to interview her and having interest in the field of education.
1) What is your name?
“Rebecca Nault” Tell me a little about your background
“I graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and Erikson Institute with a MS in Child Development. I was a Developmental Therapist for a few years, then joined Teach For America in 2010. I have been teaching the same grade at the same school since then.”
2) What is your impression of the field of Early Childhood Education?
“I think it is an unappreciated field, and a field that works with children at the most impressionable time in their development. More people need understand the value of Early Childhood Education and help develop the teachers and staff that work with children at this age.”
3) What have you learned about this field that was new or surprising?
“I was surprised at the lack of access to quality programs.”
4) What advice would you give to a “novice” (new person) entering into this field?
1) “Always remember that what you say to a child becomes their inner voice. 2)You should always be respectful of them as a person. 3) Relax, you can only do so much. Just do your best and think about what is in your locus of control. 4) What you are doing is important!”
5) What is your opinion of “professional growth” in this field?
“It is difficult to find quality professional development.”