In this series, we sit down with our teachers and ask them about their
experiences teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont, what motivates them, and some other fun questions. Today we talk with Ms. Lizy John, one of our Kindergarten Teaching Fellows.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?
What I enjoy the most is the flexibility and the freedom to design the curriculum. I believe in creating curriculum that is appropriate to the student’s level. They learn the best when they are challenged the right way. So I tailor the material to excite and challenge the students. I enjoy motivating the children with games and drills.
What do you hope students take away from your classes?
The joy of learning and the ability to think logically and independently. I also want the students to gain a strong foundation in academics and social interaction. I also hope that the students return the next day with even more enthusiasm to learn.
Can you think of a memorable anecdote from teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?
Once when I was teaching the irregular vowels “ou,” double o and ow, all my students attempted to sound out the sounds. That was really cute to watch- a classful of kids excitedly making funny facial expressions at the same time, while trying to sound out the vowels.
What do you enjoy doing outside of teaching?
I enjoy organizing cultural activities and being part of big cultural groups. It gives me opportunities to meet and interact with new people all the time. I also enjoy watching movies and participating in church activities.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
My father was the head of the school that I attended in my elementary years. I saw the high expectations that he had for his school and his students. He worked hard to help his students succeed. He found new ways to help individual students succeed. He did it all with a genuine concern and love for his students. That was the driving motivation for me to become a teacher.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try”.
What are some of your favorite all-time books?
Mother Teresa’s biography and Daily inspiration for the purpose-driven life by Rick Warren.
Is there someone who you consider to be an inspiration? If so, who are they and why are they an inspiration to you?
My father, he was the most dedicated and hard working person I have known. From my childhood on he showed me the right way to treat people and how to be respectful to others.