First Grade Teachers
I grew up around a prestigious dance studio with wood floors, mirrors, ballet barres and all ages of children. In an environment with a mother who has a passion to teach dance; hoping to give her dancers training and confidence to encourage them to be the best they can be no matter where life took them.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg with two parents who taught me to be responsible, respectful, loving, caring, understanding, and compassionate – to be on time and strive always to do my best. They showed me that working hard at something you love was the best way to live.
My passion was to help shape children; I wanted to give them confidence, respect, ethics, dedication and knowledge – there is no better way to live than doing just that.
I started young learning how to inspire creativity, desire to learn, passion and dedication by watching my mother and the other dance teachers. Not only was I a dance student taking every class I could, but I became a student teacher at age 9 and by age 16, I was given my own class. I loved teaching and used my training to continue to teach dance for 30 years now. I have been certified to teach dance by the fully accredited organization, Dance Masters of America, Inc.
As a dance teacher I learned that each child needed to be treated differently. Everyone learns differently and has different temperaments. My mother called it finding the key; finding how to get the most from each student. Teaching dance was a wonderful addition to my education because I saw the results of how an approach to teaching a particular student helped them achieve their goals. They would start dance as young as 2 or 3 and be with us until they were adults. It was a wonderful training ground hopefully using the right key when they start and seeing the results of that “key” at the finish. All of the lives I touched made me extremely proud; they have all turned out to be responsible, outstanding, wonderful, productive people.
My long term goal was to beco