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IMG 3341Educators and parents of school-aged children are likely familiar with the term “summer slide”— the loss of skills and knowledge kids can experience over summer vacation. The impact is widespread, with 90 percent of teachers spending at least three weeks every fall re-teaching old material, according to surveys by the National Summer Learning Association.

Evelyn Hinds PicThis summer Children’s Institute is highlighting the important work of early childhood educators teaching preschool through third grade. In this series of profiles, teachers from across the state tell us why they teach young children, what they wish people knew about their work, and what they’ve learned in their jobs.

Evelyn Hinds Explains Why Kindergarten is Such an Important Year for Kids

Evelyn Hinds is a kindergarten teacher at Rock Creek Elementary School in the Beaverton School District. Rock Creek, a K–5 school of nearly 600 students, serves a diverse population, with 31 different home languages spoken at the school. In this interview, Evelyn explains why kindergarten is such an important year for children, and how positive, supportive relationships lay the foundations for students’ future success. 

BAHendricksonThis summer Children’s Institute is highlighting the important work of early childhood educators teaching preschool through third grade. In this series of profiles, teachers from across the state tell us why they teach young children, what they wish people knew about their work, and what they’ve learned in their jobs.

Beth Ann Hendrickson Shares Her Life-Long Passion for Teaching

Beth Ann Hendrickson is a preschool teacher at Liberty Elementary School in the Tillamook School District. The school is a Preschool Promise site, serving 20 students. In this interview, Beth Ann tells us how her passion for teaching began at a young age, how she provides her students with a range of activities and lessons, and what she’s learned about teaching from her own students.

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