Rachele grew up in Lemuel’s original program in Port-au-Prince, so we have known her a long time. This is her second year teaching first grade on the Plateau. Here, she tells a little bit about herself…
Q: What gives you the most joy in your classroom?
Rachele: My greatest joy is when I see that what I do is making a difference in the kids lives–when they can capture and apply what I show them and do some things on their own.
Q: What is the greatest difficulty you confront?
Rachele: There are always a few kids that really have difficulty comprehending. Sometimes, it seems you have tried everything, and they still can’t capture what you are teaching them. I have noticed, though, that usually when they repeat the class, it suddenly clicks, and they do really well.
Q: What is your favorite subject to teach?
Rachele: Last year it was French, but this year, I have really come to enjoy teaching math.
Q: If you could describe your current class of children with one word, what word would you choose?
Rachele: Shining. The kids are very energetic and engaging. And I can see that each one has a special way in which they shine, even if there may be other things with which they struggle.
Q: In your opinion, what importance does a teacher have within society?
Rachele: A teacher has the job of molding children, who are very fragile. What you show them is what they will internalize. A teacher is a helper, a parent, a friend to help guide the child and show them that they can become something in their future.
Q: What teacher had the greatest influence on you? How?
Rachele: I had a woman teacher in fourth grade who focused a lot on handwriting. In those days, people didn’t typically give handwriting much importance. She had an impact on me because of her patience and love. She made me start thinking that being a teacher and educating kids would be a good thing to do. Also, she taught me the importance of handwriting!