We are fortunate that Jessica shares these gifts with our school as a whole as well. Her excitement is infectious and she makes those of us around her see the fun in what we do. We are thrilled that she is going to be able to share her thoughts with our entire community. She has the unique ability to offer perspective both as a parent, and as a member of The Little School teaching team. We are so thankful you will have the opportunity to come to know her as we do!- Jen Dock
"and carrots" adds Lucas.
"Carrots?" I ask, "What are those for?"
"For the snowman's nose!"
"No," says Charlotte “They are for the reindeer”.
"Christmas!" they all shout. The room is getting louder and louder as the kids literally buzz with excitement.
"Hanukkah." says Barclay
"aaaannnd" I ask, leading the witness,
Our Ms. Valerie received her B.A. in child development, and has the quirky necklaces to prove it! Around the school she is known as someone you can always count on. Co-workers describe her as a dorm mother, fun-loving and always with a smile on her face. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for a zillion and one years, and has two teen-aged kids of her own. We asked her:
The Christmas my mother worked so hard so we could have a white Christmas. I was born and raised in Southern California, so it was always warm in CA at Christmastime. This year our Mom took everything; tree, gifts, food, etc. to the mountains. We went to Big Bear and had a fabulous time. Loosing both of my parents last year makes this memory even more special.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your super powers to be?
Healing hands. If I could help people in this way it would be so wonderful. Oh, and I would have to fly so I could get there quicker.
The Help. I had read the book (which was better, but not by much). I was very taken by the fact that this was not long ago. The acting was awesome.
What is your favorite children’s book?
One Woolly Wombat by Kerry Argent. It is an Australian counting book with very interesting animals. My husband read it to my son (now 20) when he was probably two or three years old. You can never read too much to a child.
What book has had the biggest impact on you?
Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck. He is one of my favorites and I love this book because as John and his dog traveled the roads they got a real flavor for a variety of human characteristics. When I read a Steinbeck book I feel like I am present and involved in the story. I also loved Grapes of Wrath, Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.
What words do you live by?
Enjoy each and everyday. Life is so short. Marry somebody or be married to someone you can call your best friend. Your children are a treasure.
If you could do any other job in the world, what would it be?
Queen of England or Queen of someplace! Wearing a crown and jewels would be awesome.