Seven KinderCare Education employees will celebrate 40 years (or more) with the company this year. Today we continue our series “7 weeks of great educators,” honoring these educators who have inspired generations of learners with a few questions with Vivian Greene, a prekindergarten teacher at the Isaac Newtown Square KinderCare center in Reston, Va. In September Vivian will celebrate 40 years with KinderCare Education. After all this time teaching she still sees every day as a new opportunity and brings the same level enthusiasm and excitement to her job that one would expect in a first-year teacher.
What brought you to KinderCare?
A desire to work with young children.
What age group do you prefer?
Three-year-olds are beginning to learn many things and have a desire to please and absorb as much as they can.
Looking back over the past 40 years of your KinderCare career, what’s a favorite moment of yours?
Seeing parents in the community and being remembered even when their child has graduated from high school!
What keeps you coming back to work each day?
The commitment I made to the children and parents at my center.
Have any of your former students returned to visit you? How does that make you feel?
Yes, many have returned to see me. Just recently one young man brought his grandmother to visit me. I never met her because she lived in another state at the time he attended our center.
What’s changed in the early childhood education field since you began your career here?
Children seem to be learning so many new things at such a young age – like technology. The digital age is a change for me.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
That we need to always be a role model to our children.
What advice would you give your younger self on your first day at KinderCare?
We are here to teach, guide, and nurture. Be consistent with the children and respect them but remember we are entrusted to keep them safe. Their parents are counting on us!