Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center – Jillian King
Jillian King has been named the Teacher of the Year at the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center.
“Growing up, my mom worked in the office at a school which meant a lot of early mornings and late evenings at school, King said. “Instead of sitting around the office bored, I found myself sneaking down to the classrooms and helping the teachers prepare for the following day. Being a shy little girl, my kindergarten teacher took interest in me and quickly stole my heart. She understood my personality and ensured that school was an exciting, safe place where I was loved immensely by my teacher. She opened my eyes to what a teacher truly should be for their students; a safe place who invests in the children in their classroom, learning what excites them, meeting the needs of all students, and making learning so much fun. I wanted to give that opportunity to as many students as possible and I knew that teaching was my passion and could not wait to begin that journey.”
Being a Union graduate, once King completed college “the only place I wanted to teach was back at my alma mater. I began teaching for Union in 2014.”
King said, “Each new year always brings feelings of excitement, nervousness, and wonder about what the year will hold. This year, like the previous year brought a lot of uncertainty with the effects of the pandemic and I was ready to see what the year would look like. One of my favorite things is to see the children come into the classroom for the first time and be in awe of everything presented to them. The new experience can be daunting to some, but these sweet babies are ready to take on anything presented to them. Their joy each day reassures me that I am doing something right and I am inspired by them each and every day. Even during this difficult time in our world, our students need strong learning experiences and getting to play and learn alongside them every day is a true joy!”
King graduated from Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is working on her master’s degree in education in educational leadership “where I am interested in pursuing an instructional coach position in the near future.”