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Welcome to a teacher's life of learning....

Ambar Jimenez

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Here’s My Story

I was born in Harlem, NY to Dominican parents who migrated to the U.S at different times in their lives. My life around education consisted of hard work, labor intensive commitment, love, and dedication to all things one does. In watching my mother, who raised three children on her own, I learned that commitment is crucial to the development of character. I also learned that there are choices we get to make no matter what circumstances come to our lives. With over 10 years total of commitment to families including a combination of my Early Intervention Service Coordinator (6.6 years) and early childhood preschool teacher (4 years). I've learned that children are our best models for resilience, bravery, happiness, and an open heart. 

My Class

 

“My country is rich in the minerals and gems that lie beneath its soil, but I have always known that its greatest wealth is its people, finer and truer than the purest diamonds.”

 

Nelson Mandela

My Teaching career thus far...

My early childhood career started with an undergraduate internship opportunity with Americorps: Jumpstart program. With Jumpstart, I served in a pre-k classroom in an underresourced Bronx community. I read to children in small groups while highlighting language and literacy through vocabulary words. My ability to relate to each child and communicate effectively encouraged their resiliency and enhanced their readiness to learn. Later on in my graduate level studies I was able to meet and develop relationships with peers who were already in the field and in the classroom. I heard many enlightening stories about self reward, humanity, and learning that happens as a teacher, sparking my desire to continue my early childhood education path. During my student teaching, and teaching at the 3K and Pre-K level, I incorporate children's prior knowledge into all activities. I target instruction to children's various learning styles and backgrounds. As social emotional development remains at the forefront of children's well being and ability to comprehend and use new information, I infused developmentally appropriate challenges. By providing appropriate supports and scaffolds, I have fostered children's curiosity to ensure they feel safe to experiment and discover new information.

Education Matters...

My schools in recent order...

CUNY City College 

Master of Arts: Early Childhood Education

May 2019

CUNY Lehman College

Bachelors of Arts: Psychology

May 2012

Life Sciences Secondary School 

High School Diploma 

June 2007

Skills & Other Roles...

Breathe for Change:

200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT 200) & Social Emotional Learning (SEL*F) Facilitator

November 2022 

District 2 3K/Pre-K Center

Wellness Team Member

2020-Present 

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