Davidson E.S.E. teacher says 'relax and enjoy the kids'

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 03:15 PM.

Under the watchful eyes of Holland, her teaching aide Lori Parker and a life-size display of Harry Potter — "He's saying, 'Read!'" Holland said — Oscar and his classmates read a story about migrant workers’ plight.

This class is independent, Holland said. Another class — still learning about the alphabet and how to write their names — requires constant supervision.

"I have students in many different levels," Holland said. "They have many needs. Meeting their needs is the biggest challenge."

Holland, one of four Davidson E.S.E. teachers, advises new E.S.E. teachers to "relax and enjoy the kids."

Showing appreciation for students’ efforts can have a lifelong impact, she believes.

"A child will forget what you say, but they'll never forget how you made them feel," Holland said, paraphrasing poet Maya Angelou.

Oscar appreciates Holland's efforts.

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