Teachers are Unicorns :: My Thoughts on the Virtual Kindergarten Experience

To my son’s Kindergarten teacher,

You are a noticer. A noticer is defined as someone who sees or points out something in life that most would miss—the seemingly little things painting the big picture that ultimately becomes your life. All those little moments in tiles were my son’s Kinder experience.

Thank you for noticing that he got a hair cut during asynchronous learning. The fact that, in a sea of five- and six-year-olds in squares the size of matchbooks, you noticed a hair trim is beyond me. But it’s who you are. It’s the teacher you have proven day after day and week after week to be. 

His first day was brutal for me to watch as it was so vastly different from the Kindergarten experience I thought he would have.

But I was wrong.Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels

I know that noticing when a child needs a brain break from a mile away through a screen is not something you trained for.

I think I overheard you say the words mute button about a thousand times in nine weeks, but you always kept your cool and found patience even in the midst of what sounded like chaos.

But it was not chaos for you.

At least you never made it appear to be.

It was your chance to teach.

From downstairs I’d sometimes catch a glimpse of what he was working on. Every sentence was a lesson and every child was listening. I was in awe of your ways and even on what probably were your most challenges days as a teaching professional, you showed up and gave all these little pieces that fit together so perfectly to make my son’s Kindergarten experience this beautiful, at-home memory for us.

I’ll never be able to thank you enough for what you did for him, the courage it took to lean in and be so open to learning and teaching in this brave new world.

But from my heart right to yours, thank you! 

Sarah Shiplett
Sarah is a yoga teacher and stay at home mom of two beautiful darlings. Born and raised in Plano, TX, she moved away for college at the University of Kansas. After studying Journalism at KU (Rock Chalk), Sarah moved back home to attend SMU where she received a MA degree in Advertising and studied abroad in India. Married in 2012 to love of her life Kyle, they took to the suburbs in Allen to start a family. She is now is a stay at home mom with her two babies, Everett Brave (2 years-old) and Winnie Grace (6 months-old). Sarah is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and teaches Vinyasa and Prenatal Yoga in the Allen and North Dallas area. Former Lululemon Ambassador for Dallas, she loves being part of the yoga community and sharing the gift of yoga to people of all ages, levels and life stages. “Yoga inspires, creates, manages those little places in our lives, in our hearts that need to open just a little bit more. When we open our hearts, we open our life up to such joy. It all starts on the mat, and slowly a transformation will unfold.” Sarah believes she was put on this earth to be a mother, teaching her children the importance of love and kindness along the way.

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