Risa Carpenter

St. Paul's Preschool teacher Risa Carpenter

Risa Carpenter

What year did you join the Preschool staff? 2018

What class are you teaching this year? Readiness Wise Owls

What do you consider to be your hometown? Grand Rapids, Michigan

What education, training, credentials and life experience do you have that helps you in your work with pre-schoolers?

My educational background is a BA in Developmental Psychology and a BS in Elementary Education. I have 17 years of teaching experience with 4 of that being in kindergarten, readiness and preschool. I have also been a nanny for over three years to 6 children all of whom were preschoolers. I have raised two daughters as well.

What are your most important teaching goals for the children in your class?

I want to see my students thrive in the classroom. I want them to want to walk in the door and be excited about being there. My goals revolve around making that happen and finding ways to make learning exciting. I am passionate about Reading so trying to instill that in children at an early age is important to me.

What do you like most about your job?

I like that every day is different. I enjoy the exploration and fun that children naturally apply to learning. I love the honesty of children and the curiosity they possess.