I’m sitting in front of a large class of 3, 4 and 5 year old children. In my left hand, the letter L. In my right – omigosh! – a paper bag lion puppet. As I’m sitting there, I’m not worried about teaching the letter L, nor having the kids make the sound the letter L makes. What I’m most worried about: can I make a high-pitched lion voice and still retain my manhood?
This is one of my first days as a preschool teacher. My letter L lesson ended up being a success and, 3 1/2 years into my career as a preschool educator, puppetry is one of my teaching specialities.
I’m male, I’m Mexican, I teach Early Childhood Education… and I’m left handed. I’m not sure what the odds of all of those happening, but that’s where I find myself. And, for those reasons, I have had a unique perspective into the world of Early Childhood Education. There are few men willing to teach young children. In fact, I never thought I would be a preschool teacher. Yet, I find myself today not only teaching preschool, but going around the country and world to advocate for our littlest learners.
So, sit back. Have a cup of coffee. There are many stories to share.