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Meet Amanda Dahl, Team Lead and Lead Two’s teacher at Tutor Time in Sewell, NJ! She’s been at Tutor Time for nine years, starting out as an assistant and working up to her current role. Read on to learn more about this awesome member of our Tutor Time staff!
Why did you decide on a career in early childhood education?
Child care was the very first job I ever got right out of high school. It was something that I figured I would like and might be good at. So I tried it out and I loved it and I’ve been working in the field for 15 plus years now.
What’s fun about teaching your little ones?
I love that age group. Something different every day. In the child care field altogether, there’s something new every day. There’s something new that the kids are learning, or are interested in. Things are constantly changing, there’s room for yourself to grow. I really like that part of it. It’s so diverse and there are always new things going on.
How is this career rewarding to you?
You feel so good at the end of the day. When they can say something like “I did it myself,” you get that really good feeling that you played a part in that. When families are happy and they can trust you with their kids – it’s hard to leave your kids with someone you’re not familiar with right away – that’s the rewarding part of it.
What types of fun events do you host throughout the year?
Throughout the year we have several different things going on. We enhance any corporate events like Awesome Kids Week, and we put our spin on it. Also, one of our bigger events is our St. Jude Trike-a-Thon. We hosted it on a Saturday for our families here as well as outside families, and we made it a carnival to raise money for St. Jude, as well as to provide something fun for our families. We do other events including a Super Bowl event as part of our Grow Fit program. We try to offer events during the day as well as the night, that way we can have a variety of families attend.
Why do you feel early childhood education is so important for children today?
It just gets them exposed to all the different children and families. It’s great for them to be around other kids to get that social part of it. They’re getting an early start with technology and they’re getting a hands-on experience with that. Just that learning through play is so important. Everything that we do has a goal behind it, and it’s great to show families that.
What was your favorite subject when you were in school?
I liked English, language arts, that kind of thing. I like to write. I’m in the middle of writing a children’s book, so I like that kind of stuff.
If your students could describe you in one word, what would it be?
I guess it’s just a simple word, but “fun.” I have fun with them, and I think it shows.
How is the overall environment?
I love coming into work just because it’s something new every day, and it’s not going to be boring. At the end of the day, I enjoy the people I work with. We’ve become friends in these nine years, and my director has been a great thing for me, personally and professionally. I get inspired by her, she pushes me to do my best and I want to do my best because of that.