Mrs. Leah Martineau, 1st Grade Teacher
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? What eventually led you Benjamin Franklin?
Mrs. Martineau: "I've always known from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. And so I've tried lots of different schools and ultimately deciding that I really enjoy teaching in a structured environment where the kids are held to a higher standard, and how the academics and the values align together - that all really drew me into Benjamin Franklin because we do all of that here."
Q: What has it been like to work at Benjamin Franklin?
Mrs. Martineau: "Working at Benjamin Franklin has been an amazing experience. We have such great lead teachers and mentor teachers that really help us along, especially our first year. They have done a great job to help us with the program (learning it), and being prepared for what we need to teach, and that has been amazing. The principals and the staff are just so much fun to work with, and are very helpful and supportive. Also, the parents are amazing at our school. They are very involved since they want what is best for their children, and so they are willing to do what it takes for their children to succeed."
Q: What is your favorite part of the curriculum that you teach?
Mrs. Martineau: "Our Spalding Program. It is the program that I believe is extremely helpful in the academics, and the way that a child can learn best. It is our reading, spelling, and writing program, and not too many other schools use this program - but I believe that it is such a well rounded program for these kids to learn and succeed. I love it because it's the same from kindergarten all the way up to 6th grade, which makes the consistency really helpful in their success."
Q: In your opinion, what do you think makes BFCS unique?
Mrs. Martineau: "Something that makes Benjamin Franklin a unique school is how it really caters to teaching the children in how to become a successful adult. It really helps them at a young age to understand responsibility, and learning that structure that they're going to need going forward in life. I love the virtues that we talk about and really try to implement in our lessons and everyday at school, along with the curriculum, and the patriotism."
Q: What's a favorite memory you have since you started teaching here?
Mrs. Martineau: "Being a 1st grade teacher, obviously we are teaching the reading foundation, and so I'd say one of the greatest moments that I've had is when I get to see these children start to read. It's such a magical moment because all of a sudden it clicks, like an "a-ha!" moment, where they are putting the words together and sounding them out. To me, one of the greatest foundations for learning is learning how to read, and so being a part of that is very rewarding and probably my favorite part of my job. Seeing that lightbulb go on in their minds and knowing that they can do this and be successful in that."
Q: What do you love most about your job?
Mrs. Martineau: "My favorite part of my job is coming to school each day and seeing these kids so excited to learn and they're so happy to be there. And my other favorite part is the notes and the love that they give me! It's so sweet, they are always drawing me pictures, always coming to school with a little letter that they've written me - and that makes everything worth it, knowing that I'm impacting their lives in a good way, and helping them learn and become who they need to become. That's such an amazing feeling, such an amazing experience to be a part of."
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