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Lisa Parker is Fuller's 2019-2020 Instructional Assistant of the Year!

Congratulations to 1st Grade Instructional Assistant Extraordinaire Lisa Parker, who has been selected as Fuller's 2019-2020 Instructional Assistant of the Year!  We asked Ms. Parker to answer some questions that we thought would help you get to know her a little better.  Here is what she had to say:

 

What is your favorite thing about being an IA?
 
My favorite thing about being an IA is that it is an opportunity to shine with my gifts of teaching. I love to see what students want to be taught then create a fun way to learn the lesson.
 
What is your favorite thing about Fuller?
 
Fuller is a unique school. Not only a diverse school but they are more like a family that is wanting to learn something new everyday.
 
Tell us something about yourself that we might not already know:
 
In college, I came in second place on the Fencing Team. I was the only girl at the time and rose to the final event and went up against the finalist from UNC Greensboro. He was a short, fast and agile student from Asia. I had great hopes but the last low lunge with a foil upper thrust did it for me.
 
Why do you think IAs are important?
 
IAs are very important because we are the additional eyes and heart that are needed in a classroom. A teacher is so busy with classroom requirements, but IAs can extend a little further with more intricate teaching of individual students.
 
What is your favorite food?
 
My favorite food is any food with pasta and butter. Yummy.
 
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
 
My favorite thing to do outside of work is to be outside in the fresh air. I love using my binoculars and watch a hawk or family of deer. Nature is so beautiful!
 
What is your favorite book?
 
My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Reminds me of my own childhood.
 
What is your favorite board game?
 
O.K. my favorite “Board” Game is Cornhole. I’m pretty good.
 
What is something "iconic" or specific to you as an IA that you say to or do with students on a regular basis?
 
My most iconic event with children; that I love to do, is read books to the class. I not only read but change my voice for a variety of dialects from all over the world. From native New Yorker to the Southern Belle. My theatre experience has been a plus. I love making the students giggle in their seats as they are listening.
 
What is your strongest wish/hope for your students?
 

My strongest wish and hope is to have all children feel confident about _____________. (Fill in the blank). I have ways of motivating students to feel that they can do anything.  From reading, discovering a new craft, to knowing that difficult math word problems are just words…not problems. I love it when a student makes a mistake. I say GOOD…now you know what not to do. Now you know more +1, which is more than 0.

 

Anything else you want to say about being IA of the year?

 

To be recognized as the Fuller Elementary IAOY is an honor. I look forward to representing Fuller Elementary and all the students that I have encountered in my past. I not only represent myself but every student that I have ever told a story to and reached for to offer some kind words of confident encouragement. Thank you again. Lisa Parker