"One of my friends asked me that question, and I had to pause to consider my answer. I taught kindergarten & first grade for 44 years, so my first volunteer work after retirement was at my former school. It was fun to stay in contact with my teaching colleagues and to see my former students. However, I missed the personal relationships with individual children that only come from seeing children grow in understanding, knowing that I had been a catalyst for that change.
At church, Jane Wilson suggested that I join her at FACETS Wedgewood Community Center to do some art projects with the children, and I found a new calling. At Wedgewood, I can share my knowledge and expertise with the dedicated FACETS staff, the enthusiastic George Mason interns, and other volunteers who share my commitment to children. Maria Montessori said, 'The
teacher looks at children with eyes that see what is, but the
teacher looks at children with eyes that see what
At Wedgewood, I am surrounded with extraordinary people who look at children with eyes that can not only see what could be – but also
walk beside the children along their journey. I am glad that FACETS supports these community centers, and I am fortunate to have found such a meaningful place to spend my time as a volunteer."