Maestra Damaris Pettit
Teacher – 3 year-olds, Section A
Mrs. Pettit’s family is from Puerto Rico and she was born in NY and grew up completely bilingual. She has worked in many different areas related to children, from supporting teachers, students, and families through the ESOL (English as a Second Language) division of the Charleston County School District to providing child care in her home. She first came to CBA as the mother of a now 3-year-old daughter. Mrs. Pettit is pursuing a Childhood Development Associate’s degree and has spent time at CBA absorbing the DNA of our preschool teachers. She writes of her approach, “Positive, playful and loving – I want to radiate all of this and more, to make sure children know that they are in a safe place and that they are loved. This will help them understand what is being taught.”
1) Why did you become a teacher?
I honestly never expected to be inside a classroom. I have worked with children in different capacities and absolutely know that they are my purpose in life! Being in the classroom has allowed me to be more hands-on and learn. They are teaching me as much as I am teaching them. I have to say it has been such a blessing for me. I absolutely LOVE kids and truly have a heart to nurture and care for them!
2) What person has had the biggest impact on your life and how so?
I can’t think of just one person. I can name so many that have impacted my life in some way. Currently, the person in my circle that impacts my life is Maestra Maribel; her heart to love others is huge and I am so thankful to have her in my life. We have become like family. Maestra and now friend Yuli, has been through some very trying times yet she is so positive and she keeps fighting. She inspires me and reminds me to keep pushing forward. My husband, my kids and, ultimately, Jesus have shown us how to love in such a beautiful way.
3) What is the most fun part of teaching and why?
I love to see the kids every morning, happy and excited. Even when they come in a bit sad or under the weather, I just want to scoop them up and let them know that everything is going to be okay, and I do! They make me happy. I enjoy circle time and seeing the little lightbulbs go off in their heads.
4) What is your favorite activity with your students?
Singing and praying! They are so verbal when they are singing – we don’t get to hear it too much in our natural conversations, but when they are singing they have no fear and just shout out what they know!
5) What are you learning in your faith right now?
I am learning that I still have a lot to learn – That in good and bad times we must not let go of our faith.
6) How does your faith impact your teaching?
My faith provides the passion and love I need for each child – all different, all unique, all special in their own way. My faith helps me to see each child for who they are. To love them and teach them the way they deserve. It’s like our Father in heaven entrusted them to me this school year, and I don’t take that lightly. I want to do my best and be my best for them.
7) Do you have a daily habit that you can’t live without?
I must have dessert or something sweet after every meal! haha! I know that’s terrible but it just doesn’t feel like a complete meal without the happy ending 🙂 and you may already know that sparkling water has become my new favorite. I cannot go without my Carmex chapstick, hugging my family and having a good face lotion!