Canterbury Kindergarten: Mrs. Mickey
Natalie A. Trout
Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 8, 2021
Sure, teaching during a pandemic has its challenges, but that doesn’t stop Canterbury Kindergarten teacher Rhonda Mickey from smiling and laughing every single day in the classroom. Mickey has been teaching for 29 years, and this is her third year at Canterbury. She is fueled each day by her students’ excitement for learning.
“It’s very rewarding to see their progress throughout the year both academically and socially,” Mickey said. “Most kindergarten students start out very teacher-dependent, but they leave kindergarten as confident problem-solvers.”
It’s a joy for Mickey to watch her students grow and eventually leave for Grade 1 as readers, writers, and thinkers. She gets to watch them grow physically and intellectually before her very eyes.
A large focus of Kindergarten at Canterbury is building social skills and collaborative learning, which has been quite a challenge this year due to social distancing. Still, Mickey sees the positives in the midst of the challenge.
“I think the fact that we have had to isolate classrooms has allowed this class to become an extra close family,” Mickey said. “They will always remember their kindergarten classmates since they have spent so much time together.”
Even with some students in her classroom being remote, Mickey has kept each child connected through Zoom and Seesaw.
This winter, Mickey’s class has been studying how communities change during the season. They’ve studied winter clothing and activities, and they even designed their own sleds. Students have learned how animal communities are impacted by winter and how they adapt. The lessons are accompanied by art projects like watercolor and salt arctic scenes, loofah painting snow owls, and origami animals.
The independence Mickey has as a classroom teacher at Canterbury, accompanied by the small class size, make the entire Kindergarten experience a special and unique opportunity that sets Canterbury School apart.
“I love that we can teach to the whole child,” Mickey said. “Not only do we teach academics, but we also have the freedom to promote creativity, discovery, and social and emotional development.”
Still, what Mickey loves most is the caring Canterbury community.
“Being surrounded by caring and supportive colleagues and families makes teaching at Canterbury wonderful experience,” she said.