We all have those days: Days when you want to crawl back into bed and start over again. Shauna Kelly, the prekindergarten teacher at the Moorpark KinderCare center in Calif., had a rough day recently. Her co-teacher, Meena Zulmai, noticed and came to work the next day with a surprise – a card and flowers to let Shauna know just how much he is loved, appreciated, and cared for.
“It is a true testament on how teachers come together and become like family to each other,” said Center Director Irina Artemyeva.
“The flowers and card melted my heart,” said Shauna. “I always forget how young she is because she’s so mature and thoughtful.”
Shauna and Meena have worked together teaching their 24 pre-k students for the past six months, ever since Meena started working at KinderCare.
“I’ve had co-teachers before, but not like Meena,” said Shauna. “It’s amazing because Meena takes charge – she’s just there. She sees a need and helps out. We know each other’s strengths and weakness and we balance each other out. Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays are my favorite days because Meena’s here.”
While this is Meena’s first job in early childhood education, she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher.
“I wake up every day excited to go to work,” she said. “Shauna is a wonderful mentor. It warms my heart that I’m with someone like Shauna who I can learn so much from.”
When asked what makes their partnership work so well, Shauna and Meena summed it up in one word – communication.
“We’re there for each other no matter what,” said Meena. “We’re friends too – that’s why our classroom works so well.”
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