Faculty & Staff Spotlight | Julia Wilkins, Grade 2

Faculty & Staff Spotlight | Julia Wilkins, Grade 2

What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed about class?
Jill Dorgan and I love coffee. In fact, we are sort of obsessed. One of my favorite ways to get ready for the day is to have a coffee with Jill in the quiet ten minutes before school starts. One of us will swing by Starbucks and try to surprise the other with their favorite kind of coffee. We usually try to spend a few minutes making plans for the day and just touching base. It's a great way to start my morning, and a great way to connect. I feel like it sets a good tone for the day, and then we are always ready and excited when the children start coming into the room. (PS: After rereading this, I'm pretty sure this is what my friend and her husband do before their children wake up.)

Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day?
I love that this is the question since I had a lengthy conversation with a few second graders last week about super powers. Jill, Anne, Aaron and I even took a very official online quiz to find out what superpowers we each possess. I would definitely rather be able to fly for one day. I spent the first 8.5 years of my teaching career abroad. I made so many amazing friends who became like family members to me. Some of them I haven't been able to see in awhile. Life gets busy, and I would love to be able to fly over and visit them. Plus, I'm really clumsy, so even if I was invisible, I would probably give myself away by bumping into things. 

What do you love about Forsyth?
There are really so many things that I love about Forsyth. I love, love, love my teaching team. Jill is a friend, a mentor, and a teammate. It has been incredible to work with Aaron and Anne. The four of us have been doing a lot of really amazing and exciting things with the curriculum this year, and have had the opportunity to do loads of fun professional development outside of school as well. I love that when I forget my lunch, Patti Duffy will make me a special plate of food so that I don't go hungry. I love that when I take my end of semester grades from grad school to [Director of Business Affairs] Lisa Dunaway, she always cheers for me. I love seeing the students I taught in Pre-K growing into toothless readers who still want nothing more than a big hug. I love seeing my former second graders becoming confident young people who are hardworking and successful. I love that after almost four years, I still don't know how to properly fill out an order form, and yet Betsy Bender never scolds me for it. I love that next year, I will have the privilege of teaching some of my former Pre-K students again as second graders. I love that each day is a new day to start again for both the children and the adults.

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