teaching: the most rewarding profession | Coronado Island News
Finding a profession that fosters the satisfaction of eventually touching the future and influencing another person’s life path creates a kind of utopia on earth. Teachers who love learning, love their students, and love knowing that their efforts have been effective have the power to affect change and improve the world. Many teachers innately have this passion for their work, and it is necessary to enjoy the diversity of personalities, interests, backgrounds and learning styles of a room full of elementary students every day.
Lindsey Cummins, a second-grade teacher and 12-year veteran of the village primary school, found her place in the classroom. While starting with an associate’s degree in art and teaching visual and performing arts at the Village, she soon discovered that jumping from class to class as an art teacher wasn’t enough for her. She was surprised when she realized the classroom was where it needed to be. “I was that kid who used to give my siblings spelling tests before they could go out in the garden and play when I was little, so I feel like a born teacher. , I always wanted to do it, but I have the technical side of the art, and I too have the passion and the patience.
Cummins views his students’ progress as gratification for his time as a teacher. “The best thing about being a teacher for me is seeing the growth the students have over the year. That’s the rewarding piece. That’s where you see all the hard work come to fruition : to see where they started, and to see where they end, and just to be able to follow that growth… It’s really rewarding.
She says she’s been successful with her students: “When their confidence increases, when they feel pretty good about where they are and what they’re doing. They want to try it themselves or show me what they’ve learned. That’s when I feel like I can kind of send them on their way to independence. She added that not just confidence, but “the space (to try it out for themselves) is usually the key to unlocking that independence.”
Having enough time in class to complete all the mandatory requirements as well as everything she wants to do is a pervasive problem. Even with a long day, it takes more time. “There’s a lot to do and feel like you’ve really deepened and deepened. It’s just, how do you have time to do it all? It is an obstacle to understanding everything.
Although art remains his favorite subject to teach, it is not a daily objective in the classroom but a tool to be used to supplement learning. Art is one of the teaching methods, and it is integrated into many subjects for a week. Cummin developed art curriculum units for the district “to integrate the arts into our language arts curriculum to deepen students’ understanding of the curriculum.”
Several years ago, for a summer enrichment program, she wrote the theater program. After completing additional training sessions, she also began integrating drama into the language arts curriculum. “For example, one of our reading program units is about different character perspectives, which is so easy to act out, and kids can see the different people in perspective.”
Cummins was raised in a family in Davis, Calif., who knew the value of education. When she was younger, her father was a professor at Cal Poly and then at Chico State, teaching business and math. “It was always about how you behave, how you do in school, doing your homework, finding tutors if needed…. I feel like I was raised in the house where the school was really important. It probably always stuck with me.
Being able to support herself was also important. When she chose to be a teacher, her father reminded her that she would never make a lot of money. Her response was “I think that’s where I’ll be happy.”
Her husband, Phillip Cummins, a graduate of Coronado High School, works in the district as a high school guidance counselor and high school varsity baseball coach. Teasingly, Cummins adds, “He was hired just three years ago, so I’m one step ahead of him. I kinda brag like I’m the breadwinner of the family, and that’s fine with me!”
For fun, she likes to go for walks and enjoy the fresh air, and she still paints a little when the weather permits. “Right now I’m just having two very small people. Kyson just turned 6 and Lily will be 2 in January so they’re very small. If we’re going somewhere it’s not for a really long time, and usually it’s not too far from home in case anyone has a fit. His family road trip last summer was planned around playgrounds. Although traveling is a hobby favorite, Cummins is content to wait for the kids to grow up or retire.
Cummins admits she has a type A personality. “I try really hard. It’s nice to know people notice. If they say, ‘You have to do this,’ I’ll do it, and sometimes that people don’t like. They’re like, ‘but maybe it’s not true or what they’re saying doesn’t make sense.’ It’s like my bosses told me to do something, I’m going to do it as fast as I can.
His admiration for the Village and the neighborhood is clear. “I think we’re pretty lucky here in Coronado. Not every district or school is perfect, but we have a lot of features and qualities. I felt very taken care of, if that makes sense, last year with the COVID shutdown. It was very hard. It was three times as much work, so a lot of people were leaving. They couldn’t meet the demands of our job under the regulations and the amount of extra work and things we had to do and have their own families. Our district stepped up and offered us free daycare. While she was yet to have a nanny for Lily, having certified babysitting for Tyson after his transitional kindergarten took away a lot of the stress. She felt the district wanted to help improve the situation, so the teachers could do their job. “Everything is still very stressful, but I feel very supported not only by the district office there, but also by our administration.”
Cummins’ enthusiasm for his students, his attempt to adapt to the learning abilities of each child and his ability to provide them with opportunities and activities to improve in their goals, added to his communication with parents, serve as a reference for a good teacher. ‘ Job description.