Luanne DesJardins

Best Educational Experience

In school, I always enjoyed my classes, but my favorite was art. From the time I was in elementary school I loved going to art class to make different things. Instead of sitting in class listening or taking notes, we would get to make stuff. My favorite was a life size stuffed doll. I think that was fifth grade. We had to lie on the floor and someone would trace us and we sewed it. We then had to decorate it to look like ourselves. It was one of the most fun educational experiences in elementary school.

Best Friend

My best friend growing up is named Julie. We have known each other since we were four years old. I was her maid of honor when she got married. I moved away when we were nineteen, but we have always kept in touch. We live miles away from each other but when we do talk, it is like no time has passed at all. She still lives in our hometown of Oswego, N,Y. and I live here in Summerville, S.C. I have moved around a lot since I got married (and no, my husband is not in the military, he is just an engineer with bad luck.) People always ask me that when I tell them how many times that we have moved. Every where we have lived though, I have made good friends. I do not though have what I would call a best friend. I do have lots of good friends though.

Important People

The most important people to me are the people in the pictures above. My husband and my son, my Mom and sister, and my sister's four kids. She also has two boys but they weren't in the pictures. They are important to me too, but when the picture was taken on Christmas they were downstairs playing with their new toys. In age, they are in between the two girls. The funny thing is that my sister is three years younger than me and has four kids, aged 20, 14, 11 and 10 and I just have one son, who is 9.

Why my major of early childhood education

It took me a long time to figure out "what I wanted to be when I grew up". It didn't really hit me until my son was born and I started working with him. I loved teaching him, and so when he started kindergarten, I volunteered in his class. His teacher had no instructional assistant, so when I told her I was thinking of going back to school to major in education, she said that she could use some help. I spent nearly all of my time that fall working in her kindergarten class. It hit me like a ton of bricks, that that was what I wanted to do. That January I got everything together and I started back to school that fall.

What I Want to Learn From This Class

I want to learn how to make my class exciting, so the kids won't fall asleep listening to me. I want to teach kindergarten, so I would love to incorporate singing, dancing, and art to make the class educational but fun and engaging.

Something Unique

Well, this list is long. First, I am old enough to be the Mom of every girl in the early childhood education program. Most of the time it is no big deal, we like the same music and movies and watch some of the same t.v. shows. We have lots of other things in common too.
Another thing that is unique is that a few years ago, I started tracing my ancestry. My mom is Italian, so I really only have what she or what other relatives of hers have told me. My dad was English and the English kept impeccable records. I found two of his ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War. That is only the beginning.