"My favorite part of being a teacher is sitting down with the children and talking with them. I love to hear their stories and see the excitement on their faces as they express what's in their own imaginations!"
- Cody Blair, Head Start Teacher in Hillsdale, MI. NAEYC member since 2011
Tell us about your work with young children:
I’m a teacher in a Head Start classroom in rural Hillsdale, MI. I’ve taught 4-year-olds in this program for 2 years. Before teaching here I was a teacher's assistant in an Early Head Start center-based classroom working with children ages 6 months to 3 years. Outside of the classroom I serve as Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Collaborative Committee of Hillsdale County, which is a group of agencies and advocates that pull resources together to provide a network of support for the early childhood community for the county. I also serve as a Student Ambassador for the Early Childhood Advisory Board of Baker College of Jackson, MI.
Why did you become a member?
I became a member of NAEYC when I started working at the Head Start program. When I was hired and learned I would be receiving an NAEYC membership, I was ecstatic! I knew that the Head Start program that hired me was serious about high-quality care for the children we would serve and I would receive the benefits of becoming a member. My favorite part of the membership is receiving copies of Teaching Young Children. It is inspiring to see the stories of the amazing people the magazine features.
Congrats on being a Lasting Legacy Scholarship Recipient! What was your favorite part or the most important thing you learned from attending the 2014 Annual Conference?
The entire experience of being able to attend NAEYC’s Annual Conference & Expo is not something I will soon forget! My favorite part of the conference was networking with people who share the same amount of passion and desire for high quality early childhood education for all children. It was a truly heart-warming experience that has encouraged me to come back to my community and do as much as I can as an advocate for young children.
What is your favorite NAEYC member benefit?
What is your dream for the future of early-childhood education?
My dream is for each young child to have access to free, high-quality childcare.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of being a teacher is sitting down with the children and talking with them. I love to hear their stories and see the excitement on their faces as they express what's in their own imaginations!
What’s your favorite children's book?
My favorite book is "But No Elephants" by Jerry Smath. I remember my mom sitting down with me every night when I was a child in front of a stack of children's books. Each night she’d ask, "Which one shall we read tonight?" knowing the whole time which one I would chose. Every evening I’d look forward to my favorite book. Not once did she ever say, "this book again?" She would open the book and read using the perfect voices for each character, bringing the book alive right in front of me. I will always remember that!