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We Are Wolf: Melany Jimenez

Start the new year off by learning more about the latest additions to the Wolf School community! In this month’s We Are Wolf interview, we’re talking with Teacher Assistant, Melany Jimenez!

Can you briefly tell us about your background?

I graduated from Rhode Island College with an Elementary Education Degree. Ever since 1st grade, I have always wanted to become a teacher. My first-grade teacher motivated me to become a teacher. She always brought joy and comfort to her classroom. I remember being so excited to see her and feeling supported. She made me feel that I could do anything I can put my mind to.  I hope that I could make that same impression when working with students. I would say that when I work with my students, I get the chance to be little again: being excited to learn, being creative, and meeting new people. 

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of working with Complex Learners?

As this is my first year at Wolf, I get to work closely with Complex Learners and learn what students’ strengths are and how they utilize their talents to help them grow as a person. I always advocate that every learner is different and every student requires that their needs be met. In this setting, I get to see it in action, from providing strategies to stay focused, to working through accommodations in order for students to feel and be successful. I am continuously learning about myself and what kind of educator I would want to be: patient, kind, and encouraging.

What’s been your favorite thing about working at Wolf so far?

My favorite thing about Wolf so far is that every day is eventful. I, fortunately, get the chance to be in three classrooms and get to see how each classroom works. Most importantly, I get to work with students of different ages and see how they develop academically and socially. Every day is a new opportunity to work with students and staff in order to create camaraderie. 

 What was your favorite subject/part of school when you were growing up?

My favorite subject in school was art. I love to paint, use watercolors, or just simply color! Something about seeing all the colors combine together brings me peace and excitement. Colors demonstrate feelings (such as yellow being joy to blue showing calmness) and they get your mind to try to interpret what an artist is trying to express. I feel like I can express myself best with art and by being creative.

We are so thrilled to have Melany at Wolf and know that she’s going to make an incredible impact on our students and community! Welcome to Wolf! To learn more about other Wolf Staff, read some of our past We Are Wolf interviews!

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