May 2019 Teacher Spotlight

Valerie Violante, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

When did you start working at The Little Lamb Christian School?:
“I started working at The Little Lamb in September 2018.”
How long have you been working with children? Tell us about your background:
“I’ve been working with children since I was old enough to babysit. I’ve volunteered at church, worked with inner city kids and in daycare, and went to college to become a teacher. I stayed home with my own children for 13 years. I taught my two older children for part of that time. I decided to start working again when my youngest daughter turned two. I’ve always enjoyed the prekindergarten age and much more so now having seen three of my own children through it. There is so much to learn and discover. There is lots of fun to be had with the independence their age provides.”
“I went to Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. I earned a bachelor of science in early childhood education in 2005.”
Tell us about your family:
“My family and I moved to Westfield in 2013 from Michigan. I’ve been married to my husband, Rob, for 15 years. We have four kids. Naomi is 13, and she plays the flute. Joey is 12, and he really likes computer programming. Jude is 8 and he plays baseball through WYSI. Vivian is 2 and she loves anything to do with her sister and brothers. We adopted a rescue dog last year – her name is Sadie.”
“I love spending time outside with my kids, walking my dog, and going out to eat with my husband.”
Favorite Candy: “Peanut butter M&Ms”
Favorite Movie: “I like tv shows way better than movies.”
Favorite Music: “Toby Mac!”
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you:   
“I have lived in 8 different states – Ohio, California, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, Michigan and Indiana.”
Why do you love to work with young children?:
“I love the relationships I get to develop with the kids. I enjoy the process of learning about their personalities and what makes them unique. It does not come without challenges, but it is so rewarding to help them grow in knowledge and character.”
What do you enjoy most about working at The Little Lamb Christian School?
“I love the environment here – the teachers and parents are great to work with.”
Favorite Bible Verse:
Zephaniah 3:17 “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

We are so happy to have you as a member of our team! You bring so much to the classroom and the children are blessed to have you!

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