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Faculty Friday - Meet Ms. Bailey!

May 10, 2019
By Jenny Peel

Ms. Ainslie Bailey - 2YO Teaching Assistant

What inspired you to teach? 
It's always felt natural for me to be around and work with children. As someone who grew up in a household with loads of siblings, you could even say it was in my blood!  When a position opened up at St. Paul’s, I jumped at the opportunity.  It’s fun to be a part of the growth and learning process with a child, and I can’t imagine doing anything else! 
 
What do you love about teaching at SPES? 
Being at St. Paul’s is like being with family. Everyone is supportive in both your everyday life and your classroom experience! We laugh together, cry together, and really just have the best all-around time together!
 
Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what do you hope students gain from being in your classroom? 
I want any child with whom I interact to feel safe and loved. I want to create a space that allows kids to gain confidence in all things they do. Whether it be in their speech, writing, or even potty training! It’s always a great experience to see the moment that something “clicks” with a child in your class. “Miss Ainslie, LOOK, I did it!” will always be one of the most heart-warming things I ever hear. 
 
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
Oh goodness, how often this question stops me in my tracks?! Something interesting- how about some rapid fire facts? My favorite color is green, I have a dog named Goose who we adopted from the Humane Society, my favorite animal is a poison dart frog, and Taylor Swift (circa Tear Drops On My Guitar) is my jam! 
 
What is your favorite book and why? 
I have always been an avid reader ever since I was young! My Mom likes to tell the story about how I enjoyed reading the cards more than opening gifts at birthday parties! Needless to say, I’ve racked up quite a few “favorite” books. I had to choose one it would be By The Light of The Moon by Dean Koontz. Books that take a turn that I wasn’t at all expecting are always a joy to get my hands on. And this one definitely did that for me. For all those who like mysteries with a bit of a sci-fi feel, this is the one for you! Dean Koontz as an author in general is definitely a 10/10.
 
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
I feel like you could always go the historic route for this question, but I have to say I recently saw the Avengers: Endgame. I can shamelessly say I would love to have dinner with Tom Holland and Chris Evans; they seem like genuinely adorable people! It helps that I am a complete fool for comic book characters. Let’s add Scarlett Johanson in there, too, and I think it would be an awesome dinner!  

Faculty Friday - Meet Mrs. Skelton!

May 03, 2019
By Jenny Peel

Mrs. Kye Skelton - 2YO Teacher

What inspired you to teach? 
I had an amazing Agriculture teacher all the way through high school, and the passion he put into teaching and FFA really led me into finding my desire to teacher. He was so selfless with his time, advise, and encouragement that I knew that was the type of teacher I wanted to be. Not only did he push me to be my best self, he also helped become self motivated in wanting to better myself without an external push. Mr. Runyan by far is the reason I became a teacher. 
 
What do you love about teaching at SPES? 
I love the families. I love that when I get a class, it is like developing a family. I also have the ability to have complete creative control in my room and let my kid's interest to drive how and what we learn. Not only do I have more fun as a teacher, but my kids get to have more fun exploring the world around them. 
 
Beyond your subject-area or discipline, what do you hope students gain from being in your classroom? 
My absolute goal is for my kids to gain independence. I want them to feel like they can do whatever they set their minds to even though they are little. Little things that may seem really tough at the beginning of the year, are just part of the routine at the end of the year and I love seeing that growth in them. 
 
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! 
My minor in school was history. I took enough history classes for fun, that it actually added up enough to go towards my degree. My very favorite was Western Civilization until 1500. 
 
What is your favorite book and why? 
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is hands down my go to book. It changed the way I look at things and the way I approach obstacles in my life. 
 
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 
Theodore Roosevelt- he is probably one of the more eccentric people in history. I mean the man was nearly assassinated and just kept on with his speech like it never happened!
Annie Oakley- she defined a field that was nothing but men and went above and beyond. Not only was she great at what she did, she did it in the West, in a men's sport, and better than anyone else. And got to hang out with Buffalo Bill, so that is super amazing. 
My Grampy- I only got to meet him when I was younger, but he made the jump onto Normandy Beach and became a spy during and after WWII. I can only imagine he had some amazing stories to tell. 

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