Meet Mrs. Amaral!
Mrs. Amaral is a Kindergarten teacher at Nixon School and is teaching an in-person cohort A and a remote cohort B this year. She has been teaching for 12 years and has been at Nixon for 8 years!
Mrs. Amaral has two small children; Lucas, age 3 years, and Whitney, age 7 months. She has a very big dog named Murphy! She loves spending time with her family at the lake by her home, sitting by the backyard fire and watching Murphy swim. While she and Lucas love to decorate for the changing seasons and holidays, Murphy just likes to carry around his tennis ball.
"I teach Kindergarten because I think it is a critical year of growth - children are developing vital social skills, learning to read and write, growing self-confidence and beginning to see themselves as learners. An important foundation for the rest of their learning career is being poured and it requires a delicate balance of patience, high expectations, humor and love."
Mrs. Amaral has a Bachelors is in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Special Education. She loves to read and paint and visit York Beach where she eats her favorite food, fresh off the fishing boat. Can you guess what it is?
She loves sitting with her Kindergartners as they read their first book and realize they're reading! She says these frequent and authentic "ah-hah" moments are always pure magic, no matter how many times she has experienced them.
Mrs. Amaral has a warm and genuine personality that makes the youngest students at Nixon feel instantly welcome. So the next time you see her, please extend a thank you for the hard work she does!
Her favorite food is Lobster! Did you guess correctly?