Meet Elizabeth Van Dunk-McBean, Minisink Valley Elementary kindergarten teacher!
What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
I have many favorites, however I would have to say that daily interaction with the students. They are always filled with energy and bright ideas; and I love the exchange that I have with them!
Why do you believe in and support the work of the Minisink Valley School District and what it does for the community?
I believe in he Minisink Valley School District and what it does for the community because we each share a passion, hope and love for our students and community; and it shows up in what we do each day. This passion has sown many seeds which I have seen blossom and trust that those seeds will continue to grow and foster growth and change in the world!
How has this pandemic refocused the work you do every day?
The pandemic has definitely stressed the relevance of relationships. The building of a safe and trusting community is most important whether it be virtual or in the classroom. We are all facing the storm (pandemic), however we may be in different boats (situations) or approaching the storm from different points however we are in this together! That sense of community and relationship building has been my focus. Lastly, just taking it day-by-day and embracing the new lessons that virtual teaching has taught me.
What do you want to say directly to the community about the importance of your work?
“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.” ~John Dewey
Most importantly I personally strive to communicate to each of my students to embrace the idea that learning is constant. We are learning every second from every experience. My work as an educator is to foster that perspective so that each scholar can continue to widen their lense and go confidently into the world!